Population information

Order name Charadriiformes
Family name Laridae
Scientific name Larus atricilla Common name Laughing Gull
Population name (megalopterus)
Breeding range SE California to W Mexico, Nova Scotia to Florida Non-breeding range Carolinas & S Califorrnia S to Central America & Pacific Coast S to Peru
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Neotropics North America
Notes In WPE2 this population belonged to one single population (S North America/N Neotropics).

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
No conservation frameworks

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 0 0 792,000 807,000 [R387]
WPE 4 0 0 792,000 807,000 [R387]
WPE 5 0 0 792,000 807,000 [R387]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 1966 2000 INC [R563]
WPE 4 1966 2000 INC [R563]
WPE 5 1966 2000 INC [R563]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 3 2002 8000
WPE 4 2006 8000
WPE 5 2012 8000


  • R387 - Kushlan, James, A., Melanie J. Steinkamp, Katharine Parsons, Jack Capp, Martin Acosta Cruz, Malcolm Coulter, Ian Davidson, Loney Dickson, Naomi Edelson, Richard Elliot, R. Michael Erwin, Scott Hatch, Stephen Kress, Robert Milko, Steve Miller, Kyra Mills, Richard Paul, Roberto Phillips, Jorge E. Saliva, Bill Sydeman, John Trapp, Jennifer Wheeler, and Kent Wohl. 2002. North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, Version 1. Waterbird Conservation for the Americas, Washington, DC, USA.
  • R563 - Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, and J. Fallon. 2001. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966 - 2000. Version 2001.2, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.


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Citation: Wetlands International (). "Waterbird Population Estimates" . Retrieved from wpe.wetlands.org on