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FAMILY BIRDS

Falconidae

A family of small but diverse birds of prey that includes the distinctive sounding Laughing Falcon that is common to Manú. Tend to prefer higher vantage points, making them best spotted from canopy observation towers.

 


Laughing Falcon

Herpetotheres cachinnans

Laughing Falcon

Laughing Falcon

Appearance:

  • The head is usually pale buff. It can be more brownish or even almost white.
  • The broad black face mask stretches across the neck as a narrow collar, bordered with white. On the crown, the feather shafts are dark, creating a streaked effect. The upper wings and back are blackish brown.
  • The underside is uniformly pale buff.
  • It is 46 to 56cm long. Females weigh 600 to 800g, males 410 to 680g.

Behaviour:

  • They are carnivores, feeding on snakes, birds, small mammals, insects and carrion.
  • The bird pounces on its prey from flight and carries it to a perch to eat.
  • It may carry small snakes in its bill and swallow them tail-first; big snakes may be carried head-forward in its claws, and then torn to pieces.

Voice:

  • Laughing or crowing calls, fairly steady and often loud.
  • The laughing note is only given when alarmed.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They are active during the day.
  • Laughing Falcons hunt from exposed perches, with good visibility .
  • The nest usually is a cavity in a tree.
  • They can be seen near viewing towers or in flight over trees.

 


Red-throated Caracara

Ibycter americanus

Red throated caracara

Red throated caracara

Appearance:

  • Overall plumage is black but flanks and belly are white .
  • The bill is yellow, hooked, and chicken-like.
  • Legs are bright orange and the throat and face are bare and red in adults .
  • The tail and wings are long and rounded.
  • Males are 43 to 57cm long and weigh 510 to 570g, and females weigh 560 to 770g.

Behaviour:

  • They are noisy and widespread.
  • They feed on wasps and bees (they seem immune to stings), ants, termites, and invertebrates.
  • Slow, laboured flight becomes frantic and erratic on the edge of their territory.

Voice:

  • Four calls:
    • A loud, raucous “cao ca cao”.
    • A cackling alarm call.
    • A short, faint, creaking foraging call.
    • A soft, plaintive begging call.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They hunt under the canopy of high mature forests where there is an excellent view of insect nests.
  • See them feeding near viewing towers or at oxbow lakes, particularly around bee and wasp nests.

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