Falcons and Caracaras (Falconidae)

Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans) - HBW 2, p. 251

French: Macagua rieur German: Lachfalke Spanish: Halcón Reidor

Taxonomy: Falco cachinnans Linnaeus (ex Rolander MS), 1758, Surinam.
Distinctive genus, most closely allied with Micrastur, sometimes awarded its own tribe or even subfamily. Different authors recognize 2 6 races: possible race excubitor included within chapmani; maestus and fulvescens within nominate. Three subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chapmani Bangs & Penard, 1918 - Mexico (S Sonora and San Luis Potosí) S to Honduras.
  • cachinnans (Linnaeus, 1758) - Nicaragua to Colombia and S to Peru and C Brazil.
  • queribundus Bangs & Penard, 1919 - E Bolivia and E Brazil (S to São Paulo) to Paraguay and N Argentina.