Larus Major: The Laughing Gull.
This Bird weighs eight ounces. The Bill is red, hooked towards the
point; the lower mandible having an angle towards the end: the Head,
of a dusky black: the Eyes are edged above and below with white:
half the Quill-feathers of the wing, towards the ends, are dusky
black: all the rest of the Body is white, as is the Tail, the feathers
of which are of an equal length, and not so long as the wings by
two inches: the Legs are black, as are also the Feet, which are
These Birds are numerous in most of the Bahama Islands.
The noise they make has some resemblance to laughing, from which
they seem to take their name. I know not whether the Hen differs
from this, which is a Cock.