Laughing Falcon cm; male g#R, female g#R; wingspan cm#R. Relatively large, aberrant and highly distinctive falconid, with short, . Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans ss cachinnans), , brendan sloan, , , Costa Rica, Area of Selva Bananito lodge, Limón, . Argentina; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico;.
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The laughing falcon breeds in rock crevices, tree cavities, or occasionally in abandoned nests of a Buteo hawk or caracara ; in general however it does not even gather nesting material in significant quantities.
Voice Vocalizations well known, including to local people in rural areas, who sometimes ascribe evil It lays one or two eggs according to some sources, but according to others  always just one. Up to six races recognized by different authors, but most are based on individual variation; thus, excubitor W Mexicochapmani Mexico to Hondurasmaestus N Peru and queribundus E Bolivia to E Brazil, S to N Argentina included within nominate.
This Neotropical species is a specialist snake-eater. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!
Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans) | HBW Alive
Adults have a pale buff head, herpetotherres between a more brownish and an almost white hue according to feather wear and individual variation. One individual was heard on forest edge at canopy.
External sites may use a different taxonomy than Xeno-canto. The namesake call is a long series of separate, rather human-like cries, each one often rising sharply in pitch in the middle and sometimes falling sharply at the very end, changing from a “joyful” to a “sad” sound, and rendered as ha-ha-ha har-her-her or haww harr herrer.
The Ch’ol Maya of ChiapasMexico, believe that the laughing falcon can kill poisonous snakes because the birds are healers that can cure themselves if they are bitten.
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Retrieved from ” https: The uppertail coverts are whitish buff again, and the hereptotheres are barred black and whitish, ending in white.
The breeding season has been given as April and May, though it may well vary across the large range of this species.
The underside is uniformly pale buff; there may be a bit of dark speckling on the thighs, however. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat Heard on forest edge in premontane forest near a stream, probably vocalizing from canopy.
At the parking lot. In the area there is dense forest and grazing plain of cattle. The gwa co call may be repeated 50 times or more.
It may carry small snakes in its bill and swallow them tail-first; big snakes may be carried head-forward in its claws, as an osprey carries a fish, and then torn to pieces. The young are thought to leave the nest eight weeks after hatching. Vocalization heard at night from road going through Caribbean lowland forest. The bird was heard quite distant inside the dense forest.
The laughing falcon Herpetotheres cachinnansalso called the snake hawk erroneously, since it is not a hawkis a medium-sized bird of prey in the falcon family Falconidaethe only member of the genus Herpetotheres. The eggs have heavy dark brown markings on a brown or whitish or pale buff background. Originally a mystery recording. Herpetotheres cachinnans [cachinnans or fulvescens]: Related taxa Alternative arrangements: It catches mainly snakesincluding venomous ones such as coral snakesand also lizardsand, to a lesser extent, small rodentsbats  and centipedes.
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. They become more emphatic and after some time change to a sequence of the gwa co call proper, with the first syllable higher in pitch than the second, but not differing in emphasis or volume. The laughing falcon pounces on its prey from flight, often with an audible thud, and then biting it just behind the head, sometimes removing the head in the process. Movements Presumed to be mainly sedentary, but presence said to be temporary all over Brazil, with one Aug There are more than 12, regional checklists in Avibase, offered in 9 different taxonomies, including synonyms more than languages.
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Laughing falcon Conservation status. Falco cachinnans Linnaeus, Suriname. It carries the food to a perch to eat.