French: Macagua rieur German: Lachfalke Spanish: Halcón reidor
Subspecies and Distribution
H. c. cachinnans
(Linnaeus, 1758) – W & E Mexico (S from S Sonora and San Luis Potosí) S through Central America to NE Panama, N Colombia and, E of Andes, to E Peru, E Bolivia, Paraguay and NE Argentina (to N Santa Fe and Corrientes) and E to N, E & SE Brazil (S to São Paulo; isolated record in N Rio Grande do Sul#R).
H. c. fulvescens
Chapman, 1915 – extreme E Panama (Darién) to NW Peru (Tumbes).
45–53 cm; male 408–686 g, female 590–800 g; wingspan 75–91 cm. Relatively large, aberrant and highly distinctive falconid, with short, round-tipped... read more
Vocalizations well known, including to local people in rural areas, who sometimes ascribe evil... read more
Tropical (where most numerous) and subtropical zones: common at forest edge and open forest in... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively snakes, both terrestrial and arboreal, including large and venomous ones, e.g. coral (Micrurus), fer-de-lance... read more
In Costa Rica, eggs in Feb; in Venezuela, Sept (wet season); in Argentina, Jan; in SE Brazil, nest with recently hatched chick in Sept, in... read more
Presumed to be mainly sedentary, but presence said to be temporary all over Brazil, with one Aug... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to fairly common within extensive range, e.g. Colombia, Surinam; local throughout most of Brazil, and rare in... read more
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