Franklin’s Gull outnumbering Slender-billed and Lesser Black-backed Gull on 23.7.13 at Technopole! A delicate seabird that nests by the thousands in North American marshes, the Franklin’s Gull spends winters along the coasts of Chile and Peru. Breeding adults have black heads and pink-tinged underparts, leading to their folk name of “rosy dove.” Adults in alternate plumage have grayer heads, less prominent eye crescents, smaller white tips to primaries and lack the white bar between gray upperwing and black primaries. (Paul Robinson) Records from elsewhere in West Africa are much rarer than in Senegal: in Mauritania , one was seen on 27.1.06, followed by a second record on 17.4.16, both at Banc d’Arguin (Bull.
Nonbreeding similar but with partial black hood and dark bill. Breeds around lakes and marshes, commonly seen in fields or beaches during migration. Franklin's Gull in Hampshire 311 and this appeared to fit precisely; more detailed works of reference, particularly Dwight (1925), confirmed this identification and it was possible to determine the age as second-winter or older. First-year birds are greyer below and have paler heads than first-year Franklin's, and second-years can be distinguished by the wing pattern and structure. 14 Apr 2016.

20 Nov 2014. It has a black head, white eye ring, orange bill with a black spot near the tip, and red-orange legs. My understanding is the Franklin is supposed to have white on the tip of the primaries, which this one does not seem to have; but the distance from the tip of the bill to the feet seems short for a laughing gull and it has a well defined half-hood. The laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is a medium-sized gull of North and South America. Franklin’s Gull Larus pipixcan Check out the full taxonomy and distribution of Franklin’s Gull on HBW Alive. HBW Alive contains information on Descriptive notes , Voice , Habitat , Food and Feeding , Breeding , Movements , Status and Conservation plus a list … Laughing Gull is extremely similar. A delicate seabird that nests by the thousands in North American marshes, the Franklin’s Gull spends winters along the coasts of Chile and Peru. I photographed these two immature Franklin’s Gulls while in the Centennial Valley of southwestern Montana last week. GET PERMISSION FOR ANY USE.

The wings are short with white spotted black tips. Its buoyant, swift, graceful flight is useful for catching both flying insects and small fish, as well as for making its long migrations.

... Immature birds are always darker than most similar-sized gulls other than Franklin's.