Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla

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The laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is a medium-sized gull of North and South America. The genus name Leucophaeus is from Ancient Greek leukos, "white", and phaios, "dusky". The specific atricilla is from Latin ater, "black", and cilla, "tail". Linnaeus appears to have misread his note atricapilla (black-haired), which would have been much more appropriate for this black-headed, but white-tailed, bird.

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  1. (c) Heather Paul, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND), https://www.flickr.com/photos/warriorwoman531/9895527035/
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucophaeus_atricilla

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