May 11, 2015 – Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These falcons are found from Mexico to Paraguay. The majority of their diet is made up of snakes, along with some other small vertebrates and large arthropods. Often hunting from an exposed perch, they tend to drop down on their prey, or sometimes to approach it from the ground, spreading their wings to distract it. Usually nesting in a tree cavity, the female incubates the eggs and both parents care for the chicks. They are named for their calls, which sound somewhat similar to laughter.