Laughing Gull

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    Laughing Gulls (Leucophaeus atricilla) are never found far from the coast, though small groups visit freshwater to bathe and drink. They also visit plowed fields in search of earthworms.

    In southern waters, these gulls keep company with Brown Pelicans and steal fish from their pouches. Although Laughing Gulls do not scavenge in dumps, they do follow fishing boats for refuse and handouts. Their name comes from their hearty but wailing ha-ha-ha.

    Length: 15 – 17 inches

    Habitat: Coasts, estuaries, salt marshes

    Video Credits: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    Image Credits: paulbr75


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