Laughing Falcon

Its English name comes from its loud voice, as does the specific name cachinnans, Latin for laughing aloud or laughing immoderately.

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The Laughing Falcon is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Laughing Falcon is a snake-eating specialist. Falcons and caracaras are carnivores, feeding on birds, small mammals, reptiles, insects and carrion. In popular imagination the falconids are fast flying predators, and while this is true of the genus Falco and some falconets other species, particularly the caracaras are more sedentary in their feeding. The forest falcons of the Neotropics are generalist forest hunters. Several species, particularly the true falcons, will stash food supplies in caches. More

The Laughing Falcon is 46 to 56 cm (18 to 22 in) long and has a wingspan of 79 to 94 cm (31 to 37 in). As usual among birds of prey, the females are bigger, weighing 600 to 800 g compared to the males' 410 to 680 g. Adults have a pale buff head, changeable between a more brownish and an almost white hue according to feather wear and individual variation. More

This review is from: The Laughing Falcon (Mass Market Paperback) I was a bit disappointed with Bill Deverell this time. The Laughing Falcon came across as a bit of a romance novel rather than an adventure and it seemed as though it was written by a woman rather than a man. I found it drippy and boring in parts. Not enough action for me. It's still worth 3 stars if only because its written by Deverell. More

The Laughing Falcon nests in rock crevices, tree cavities, or occasionally in abandoned nests of other raptors. It lays one or two eggs according to some sources or always just one according to another; the eggs have heavy dark brown markings on a brown or whitish or pale buff background. The young are thought to leave the nest at eight weeks. Its relationships with other members of the Falconidae are unclear. More

The Laughing Falcon has another call, typically given at dusk. This two-note call is preceded by a series of gwa notes given every half-second or so. 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 gwa co call may be repeated 50 times or more. More

A Laughing Falcon often stays for hours on a perch (which is frequently conspicuous). It catches snakes, including venomous ones, by pouncing on them from flight with a thud and then biting them just behind the head, sometimes removing it. It carries them to a perch to eat them. More

Laughing Falcons are about twice the size of the North's American Kestrel and my experience is that they're far more often heard than seen. When I first arrived here I thought the hotel across the road was keeping a Peacock penned up that called all through the night but it turned out that it was a Laughing Falcon, and the calling has continued these last six months, sometimes day and night. More

Aspects of the topic laughing falcon are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in falcon (bird)) ...barred black-and-white breast, and reddish belly. It preys upon birds. The forest falcon (Micrastur semitorquatus) of tropical America hunts birds and reptiles in the jungles. More

life out of its host tree, saw a laughing falcon in the canopy, watched a green parrot eating fruit in a tree, and thrilled to the sight of a horde of white-faced monkeys turning the leafy cover into their dinner salad. More

sound of laughing falcon - Audio - Mouse over the speaker at the bottom of the screen to hear the sound of "laughing falcon" other translations of laughing falcon - Other Translations Contents - * 1 English * 1.1 Noun phrase * 1.1.1 Synonyms * 1.1. More

Laughing falconBirds in Suriname = - Laughing falcon, suriname Macagua rieur, Faucon rieur, Acau More

Order : Falconiformes
Family : Falconidae
Genus : Herpetotheres
Species : cachinnans
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)