Laughing Falcon

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 April 2012
Scientific Name
Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Falconiformes
  • Falconidae
  • Herpetotheres
  • H. cachinnans
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 22 inches
31 to 37 inches
14 to 28 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Acauã
Czech (Cesky) sokolec volavý
Danish (Dansk) Latterfalk
Dutch (Nederlands) Lachvalk
Finnish (Suomi) nauruhaukka
French (Français) Macagua rieur
German (Deutsch) Lachfalke
Italian (Italiano) Falco sghignazzante
Japanese (日本語) ワライハヤブサ [waraihayabusa]
Norwegian (Norsk) Latterfalk
Polish (Polski) trebacz chichotliwy
Russian (русский язык) Смеющийся сокол
Spanish (Español) Halcón Reidor
Swedish (Svenska) Skrattfalk
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