Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans) - HBW 2, p. 251
French: Macagua rieur
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 33 videos
bird perched Locality Limon Canyon, Olmos, Lambayeque Department, Peru (ssp cachinnans)
Daniêl Jimenez 21 November 2012 2 years ago 57 sec 4.6
A bird perched in a tree and taking off. Locality La Ensenada National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Eldert Groenewoud 25 February 2006 5 years ago 28 sec 4.4
A bird perched. Locality Olmos, Lambayeque Department, Peru
Yoel Jimenez 21 November 2012 2 years ago 27 sec 4.4
A perched bird calling. Locality El Relleno, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica
manuel retana 18 November 2010 4 years ago 21 sec 4.3
A bird on a dead branch, calling Locality Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern) (ssp chapmani)
Josep del Hoyo 27 September 2006 8 years ago 54 sec 4.1
A front view of a perched adult looking down to the ground, its feathers wet after a heavy rainstorm Locality Summit Municipal Park, Panama Province, Panama (ssp cachinnans)
Greg Baker 6 November 2013 1 year ago 25 sec 4
PhotosSee all 55 photos
Adult bird perched
Locality Heredia Province, Costa Rica (ssp cachinnans)
Josef Widmer 22 December 2014 26 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Estancia San Antonio, El Rabon, Santa Fe Province, Argentina (ssp cachinnans)
Horacio Luna 26 December 2011 3 years ago 4.2
Locality Puerto Boyacá, Boyacá Department, Colombia
mauricio rueda 16 April 2011 4 years ago 4.2
A bird perched on a tree.
Locality Quebradas, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp cachinnans)
manuel retana 12 November 2009 5 years ago 4.2
looking at the camera
Locality Macara, Loja Province, Ecuador
Lars Petersson 20 December 2013 21 weeks ago 4
A bird perched on a Cecropia tree.
Locality Morazán, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica
manuel retana 2 September 2009 5 years ago 4
SoundsSee all 11 recordings
song Locality Apure State, Venezuela
Joe Klaiber 10 weeks ago 5
song. Locality Serra de Baturité, Ceará State, Brazil
Ciro Albano 3 September 2005 6 years ago 4.8
song Locality Barinas State, Venezuela
Joe Klaiber 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.5
Two birds singing in field with grass and other natural areas. Locality Tiradentes, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Antonio Silveira 17 January 2006 3 years ago 4
Song of two birds Locality Guatemala, Kourou, French Guiana
Patrick Ingremeau 29 May 2010 5 years ago 4
Laugh song. Locality Guacimo Road, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Peter Boesman 24 March 2010 1 year ago 3