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Laughing Falcon

Herpetotheres cachinnans

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Spectacular and distinctive raptor of tropical lowlands, often seen perched on prominent bare snags, from which it hunts for snakes. Occurs in forest and also in open country with scattered trees. Note the creamy head and underparts with a broad black ‘bandit mask.’ Does not soar, and flies with hurried, stiff wingbeats, when rusty patches show on the wings. Named for its far-carrying laughing calls.

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Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America