The Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is a medium-sized gull of North and South America. Named for its laugh-like call, it is an opportunistic omnivore and scavenger. It breeds in large colonies mostly along the Atlantic coast of North America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. The two subspecies are: L. a. megalopterus – which can be seen from southeast Canada down to Central America, and L. a. atricilla which appears from the West Indies to the Venezuelan islands. The laughing gull was long placed in the genus Larus until its present placement in Leucophaeus, which follows the American Ornithologists’ Union.
The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is a medium-sized gull. The genus name is from Latin Larus which appears to have referred to a gull or other large seabird. The specific delawarensis refers to the Delaware River. The head, neck and underparts are white; the relatively short bill is yellow with a dark ring; the back and wings are silver gray; and the legs are yellow. The eyes are yellow with red rims. This gull takes three years to reach its breeding plumage; its appearance changes with each fall molt. The average lifespan of an individual that reaches adulthood is 10.9 years.
Merry Christmas to you and your family, HJ! I’m looking forward to the gifts you bring us here in the new year!
We’ll see what Mother Nature has for us next year. Then I’ll show it to you all. Happy Holidays to you and yours. We already had our Hanukkah. ❤️
How wonderful! Since you’ve already celebrated, I’ll share one of my favorite non-traditional Hanukkah songs with you!
I enjoyed the two gull photos and info, HJ. I’m always entertained by the laughing gull because they really do sound like they’re laughing. I hope your holidays have laughter, my friend.
Thank you very much, my friend. We had our Hanukkah this month, too! We enjoyed eight days of presents! Happy Holidays! ❤️
Merry Christmas to you and yours, H.J.! Love gulls – and normally I would be seeing a lot of them this time of year. Our annual Gull Frolic has been postponed. I think the gulls miss us. 🙂
Thank you very much, Lisa. We enjoyed our Hanukkah over a week ago. The same way, we wish you a Happy Holiday! ❤️
Happy belated Hanukkah! I can’t light candles in my house with the birds but I found my mother’s menorah in the basement when I was getting a donation together and took it upstairs to my finished attic space where I can find it if I ever get to use it. 🙂
The two Laughing Gulls don’t seem to think it’s funny at the moment, lol. 😉 Great shots, HJ! Happy Hanukkah and happy birding in 2021, my friend! 📷 🐦❤️
Thank you very much, my funny friend. Happy birding to you too! 🦆 ❤️
Gli uccelli marini sono la mia passione!
Sono contento che ti piacciano i gabbiani. Buon Natale. 🙂
What a fabulous photo of this bird, HJ! Always learned so much from your posts.
Thanks a lot, Carol. I’m glad that you do. 🙂
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