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Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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Copyright by: The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, all rights reserved.
General Description
The Laughing Gull breeds along the Atlantic Coast from north-central Maine to Florida, Georgia, and the Gulf Coast of southern Texas (Burger 2015). This species winters from North Carolina south through its breeding range and along the west coast of Baja California (Burger 2015). In Montana, the Laughing Gull has no records over the past decade but does have historic spring and summer observations (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Laughing Gull — Leucophaeus atricilla.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from