|Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres
Mato Grosso, Brazil
With its large cream coloured head and black mask the Laughing Falcon is unmistakable - the "Panda Bear" of the bird world as Steve Hilty calls it.
It is not found in the interior of primary forest but rather at forest edges and in more open country in the tropics of South and Central America.
|Although it feeds on bats in
some areas it is primarily a snake eater, dropping suddenly on
the snake which it seizes with its heavily-scaled talons, bites
its head off and then flies to a suitable perch to eat its
It is a very vocal bird and can be heard duetting mainly at dawn and dusk. It is this song which gives rise to the name "Laughing" and the duet can go on for well over 5 minutes.
|The following recording by
Jeremy Minns is one of the most complete I know of. It is only
missing the very first note.
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