Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla (Linnaeus, 1758) LF LAUGU 5760
Family: Charadriiformes > Laridae

Laughing Gull, Brendan Doe

Midway between a Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull, this is a rare visitor from the eastern coast of North America and one that has been recorded in all months of the year.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Laughing Gull is a very rare vagrant, recorded sporadically in spring and winter.

Weekly occurence of Laughing Gull from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Laughing Gull, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Gwylan Chwerthinog
Catalan: gavina capnegra americana
Czech: racek atlantický
Danish: Lattermåge
Dutch: Lachmeeuw
Estonian: randkajakas
Finnish: nokisiipilokki
French: Mouette atricille
German: Aztekenmöwe
Hungarian: kacagó sirály
Icelandic: Hláturmáfur
Irish: Sléibhín an Gháire
Italian: Gabbiano sghignazzante
Latvian: acteku kaija
Lithuanian: karibinis kiras
Norwegian: Lattermåke
Polish: mewa karaibska
Portuguese: gaivota-alegre
Slovak: cajka aztécka
Slovenian: azteški galeb
Spanish: Gaviota guanaguanare
Swedish: sotvingad mås

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