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Laughing Gulls

To make it easier to picture the laughing gull in the wild, browse the images below.


Laughing gulls (leucophaeus atricilla) are seen on beaches, docks and parking lots along the coast from New England down to the southeastern United States, around to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America as far as Peru. A coastal species, leucophaeus atricilla is only occassionally seen inland and is a summer visitor to New England and occassionally Western Europe.

The Laughs On You

A laughing gull soars over Lakeland, Florida's Lake Morton.

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Surf Lineup

Laughing gulls on the beach at Greer Island Park on the Gulf of Mexico at the north end of Longboat Key in Sarasota County, Florida.

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Juvenile Laughing Gull

This juvenile laughing gull was hanging around the Anna Maria Island City Pier in Manatee County, Florida. hoping to snatch a fisherman's bait or a pelican's catch on a mid September day in 2016.

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Leucophaeus Atricilla

On a warm July summers day in Manatee County, Florida, a laughing gull calls from a dead tree along Bishops Harbor Road in Rubonia.

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Tell Tales

For a fisherman, these laughing gulls are a welcome sight. Where ever they find a large cluster of them there are probably bait fish near by. And where there are bait fish the fisherman will usually find the fish they seek like trout, snook or redfish

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