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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Faucon rieur, Macagua rieur Guianese Herpetothrres French: At the parking lot. One individual was heard on forest edge at canopy. Uncommon to fairly common within extensive range, e.

Herpetotheres cachinnans

MyAvibase allows you to create and manage your own lifelists, and produce useful reports to help you plan your next birding excursion. Descriptive notes 45—53 cm; male — g, female — g; wingspan 75—91 cm. The broad black face mask stretches across the neck as a narrow collar, bordered with white. Its English name comes from its loud voice, as does the specific name cachinnansLatin for “laughing aloud” or “laughing immoderately”.

Herpetotheres cachinnans Linnaeus External sites may use a different taxonomy than Xeno-canto.

Herpetotheres cachinnans

Herpetotheres Vieillot The uppertail coverts are whitish buff again, and the rectrices are barred black and whitish, herpetottheres in white. Taquara – Belmonte, Bahia.

Tzotzil healers imitate the call of a laughing falcon in order to cure a snake bite. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat Adults have a pale buff head, changeable between a more brownish and an almost white hue according to feather wear and individual variation. 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.


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 cafhinnans to pieces. The series may be introduced by faster hahahahahaha calls suggestive of maniacal laughter, particularly when the bird is startled. Recording distance was probably 10 meters.

Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans cachinnans. Heard on forest edge in premontane forest near a stream, probably vocalizing from canopy. Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans ss cachinnans. Immature birds differ little from adults; they have lighter margins to the back feathers, producing a scalloped effect. Your sightings No sightings Add to a lifelist: Recope Road, Manzanillo, Limon. The underside is uniformly pale buff; there may be a bit of dark speckling on the thighs, however.

Habitat Tropical where most numerous and subtropical zones: The breeding season has been given as April and May, though it may well vary across the large range of this species. Status and conservation Not globally threatened Least Concern.

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. The upper wings and back are blackish brown. 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.

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A single individual was seen and heard on forest edge in a small fragment of secundary growth. Contribute There are a few ways by which you can help the development of this page, such as joining the Flickr group for photos or providing translations of the site in addition languages.

Sometimes two birds call together at different pitches and tempos, producing a striking off-beat effect.

Herpetotheres cachinnans (Laughing Falcon) – Avibase

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. It lays one or two eggs according to some sources, but according to others [10] always just one.

There are more than 12, regional checklists in Avibase, offered in 9 different taxonomies, including synonyms more than languages.