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  • Leucophaeus atricilla
  • Terns & Gulls
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About the Laughing Falcon

The Laughing Falcon, also known as the Snake Hawk, is a medium-sized raptor that lives in parts of Central and South America. They specialize in eating snakes, and are remarkable for their loud, laugh-like call.

Their plumage consists of buffy white feathers at the head and underparts; upperparts are brown. They have a dark, blackish facial mask and their tails are banded brown and white.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 April 2012
Scientific Name Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Herpetotheres
  • H. cachinnans
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 22 inches
31 to 37 inches
14 to 28 ounces
Range Central America South America

International Names

  • Acauã (Brazilian)
  • sokolec volavý (Czech)
  • Latterfalk (Danish)
  • Lachvalk (Dutch)
  • nauruhaukka (Finnish)
  • Macagua rieur (French)
  • Lachfalke (German)
  • Falco sghignazzante (Italian)
  • ワライハヤブサ [waraihayabusa] (Japanese)
  • Latterfalk (Norwegian)
  • trebacz chichotliwy (Polish)
  • Смеющийся сокол (Russian)
  • Halcón Reidor (Spanish)
  • Skrattfalk (Swedish)