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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

LAUGHING FALCON, ROUTE 922, BEGACES TO PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID this raptor as a Laughing Falcon by its pale buff head, broad black face mask, blackish brown wings and pale buff underparts.
   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.