The Laughing Falcon is also called the Snake Hawk (although it is not a hawk) because this Neotropical species is a specialist snake-eater. It catches mainly snakes and lizards, and, to a lesser extent small rodents, bats and centipedes. This raptor is called a Laughing Falcon because of its call:ha-ha-ha har-har-har or haww harr herrer. This series may be introduced by faster hahahahahaha calls, suggestive of maniacal laughter, particularly when the bird is startled.
The Laughing Falcon is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 790.