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 Ch’ol Maya of Chiapas herpetothrres, Mexico, believe that the laughing falcon can kill poisonous snakes because the birds are healers that can cure themselves if they are bitten.

Laughing falcon

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Herpetotheres. Vocalization heard at night from road going through Caribbean lowland forest.

Lowlands of n Mexico to Honduras Source: Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features! Sometimes two birds call together at different pitches and tempos, producing a striking off-beat effect.

Total recording duration 4: Each checklist can be viewed with photos shared by the birding community, and also printed as PDF checklists for field use. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. The laughing falcon Cacyinnans cachinnansherpettotheres 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 namesake cachinnan 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.


Many features of this site will not work without javascript. Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

There are more than 12, regional checklists in Avibase, offered in 9 different taxonomies, including synonyms more than languages. Recorded in dry forest at the base of Pesque Pague Pirarucu ridge.

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Heard on forest edge in premontane forest near a stream, probably vocalizing from canopy. Suggestions for corrections are welcome. Views Read Edit View history. Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans.

Herpetotheres cachinnans (Laughing Falcon) – Avibase

Sometimes, the initial calls are a oo oo-oo cow-cow-cowsometimes a descending gwaaaaaaa Falco cachinnans, Herpetotheres cachinnans, Herpetotheres cachinnans cachinnans, Herpetotheres cachnnans Lithuanian: Adults have herpetoteres pale buff head, changeable between a more brownish and an almost white hue according to feather wear and individual variation. Search Avibase search Browse by families.

Recording distance was 50 meters or more.

The flight is slow, with quick, shallow wingbeats interspersed with glides; the bird rarely if ever soars. The light parts of the cachibnans are almost white, paler than in adults; the unfeathered parts are also paler. Herpetotheres cachinnans Linnaeus Falco cachinnans Avibase ID: The gwa co call may be repeated 50 times or more. To register to myAvibase click here. Its relationships with other members of the Falconidae are unclear.


One individual was heard on forest edge at canopy. The tips of the nerpetotheres remiges are barred with pale grey below, their bases are quite rufous.

The laughing falcon has another call, typically given at dusk. Two subspecies currently recognized.

The eggs have heavy dark brown markings on a brown or whitish or pale buff background.