Laughing Gull

(Larus atricilla)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Laughing Gull

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Casual migrant and summer visitor

Habitat

Shorelines of lakes and rivers, open water

Size

15 to 17 in length

34 wingspan


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Nesting

 

 
Migration

April through October


Comments

Uncommon in Minnesota
Laughing Gulls are found on the east coast and Gulf Coast of North America. The photos on this page were taken at Padre Island, Texas.


Taxonomy

Order:

Charadriiformes (shorebirds and relatives)

 

Family:

Laridae (gulls, terns, and skimmers)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla atricilla)

North American Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla megalopterus)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Laughing Gull
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Uploaded on Mar 12, 2008

A laughing gull doing what it does best.

 
     
  Mating Dance of the Laughing Gull
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Uploaded on Apr 29, 2008

As I was wandering the beaches of Port A (TX) I came across these Laughing Gulls that were practicing their "mating dance". An awesome and funny site to behold indeed!

 
     
  The Jamaica bay Laughing Gull Colony, airplanes and bird control
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Uploaded on Mar 2, 2007

2002 nest count of the Laughing Gull colony at Jamaica Bay NY, counting birds for airplane safety

 
     
  Laughing Gull Dominance Heirarchy
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Uploaded on Jun 16, 2009

Establishing Domince. These two individual Laughing Gulls are in a competitive interaction to establish their place in the pecking order in the flock. Both of these individuals participated in this behavior for nearly 10 minutes with neither giving ground. Toward the end of this clip, they finally engaged in a physical confrontation.

Usually, these "pecking order" interactions end quickly with no physical contact. The pecking order is a flock behavior that serves to minimize physical interations and associated injuries. Each individual eventually learns its place in the flock.

In this case, the dominanant individual is not yet clearly established. Watch these birds carefully and note the various behaviors used to express dominance without physical contact, such as pecking at the sand, a displacement behavior to avoid pecking at each other. Note the posturing, the distance between them, the orientation to each other etc. Birdwatching is more than just IDing a bird. These activities are what makes birdwatching so very interesting.

Also note that the nearby birds seem to be indifferent to this activity.

 
     
  Laughing Gull Flock
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Feeding Behavior, dominance heirarchy,

 
     

 

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