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Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Family: Laridae)

All about birds in the family Laridae—their key traits, diet, breeding, and more!

Episode:
47
Date:
March 10, 2022
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Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Family: Laridae)

Summary

This episode is all about birds in the family Laridae. This is an ancient evolutionary lineage that originated over 70 million years ago, when the world was still ruled by dinosaurs.

Besides gulls and terns, the family Laridae also includes the skimmers and the noddies.


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Photos of Some Species Mentioned

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla). Photo by Cephas/Wikimedia.
Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) in Alaska. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen.
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia). Photo by MdF/Wikimedia
Brown Noddies (Anous stolidus) in the Galapagos Islands. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen.
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) in the Galapagos Islands. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen.
White Tern (Gygis alba). Photo by Gator/Adobe
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger). Photo by Andres Trepte/Wikimedia
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger). Photo by Ray Hennessy/Adobe
Inca Tern (Larosterna inca). Photo by Josue Hermoza/Wikimedia
Inca Tern (Larosterna inca). Photo by Olaf Oliviero Riemer/Wikimedia

Attributions

  • Laughing Gull sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC224822)
  • Black-headed Gull sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC396614)
  • Slaty-backed Gull sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC294817)
  • Black-legged Kittiwake sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC664474)
  • Common Tern sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC395263)
  • White Tern sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC403998)
  • Black Skimmer sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC229133)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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