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Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Laughing Gulls breed along the Atlantic coast of North America, the Carribean, and northern South America.  Northern populations migrate further south in the winter.

Large numbers of gulls of several species winter in Florida and a few non-breeding birds remain throughout the summer.  However, only the Laughing Gull breeds in the state.  Breeding is confined to coastal areas where the colonies are located on inshore islands.