Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)

The Laughing Gull is a mid-sized seabird that forages on beaches and shores. It can be found in mixed flocks frequently, with other gulls, terns and pelicans. They gather in big numbers and at a moment’s notice might flock into the air, forming a big cloud of birds that fly erratically and then come to stand in the same place they just left. They catch fish, but they also steal and eat garbage.

The pictures below were taken during a boat tour in the Tárcoles River, on June 18th, 2017. The tour was guided by Randall Ortega, an expert birder and owner of Mangrove Birding Journey.

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The Laughing Gull is pretty common on beaches around the Pacific coast in Costa Rica

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The white and gray plumage contrasts nicely with the dark color of the beach sand

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