229. Larus ridibundus.
THE LAUGHING GULL.
Ridibundus— full of laughter; from rideo= I laugh.
15" to 16". Legs deep red. Bill deep red. Head and neck red-brown. Remiges thirty. Shafts of first, second, and third quills white. First quill white, with narrow black margins and tip. Second and third similar, but with more black. Fourth quill more black, and with grey centre to inner web, and a minute white tip. Sixth quill, both webs and tip grey, the black forming a sub-terminal bar.— In winter; Head grey, or white, with grey patches round the eye and on ear-coverts. Breeds in temperate Europe and Asia; winters in Africa and S. Asia. Kashmir and India (not observed in Burma). Two to three eggs (2.0 x 1.4), olive-green, blotched brown and grey. (J. 981. B. 1490.)