Laughing Kookaburra


Laughing Kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Range: Southeastern Australia and Tasmania
Habitat: Native to woodlands and open forests, where they perch and nest in large trees
Size: 12-18 inches tall; 8-18 ounces
Diet in the Wild: Insects, reptiles, frogs, and rodents
Diet in the Zoo: Mice, occasionally insects
Lifespan: 11 years in the wild; 15+ years in human care

Kookaburras are the largest member of the kingfisher family. They also have on of the best known calls in the animal kingdom, a loud "kook-kook-kook-ka-ka-ka" often described as a raucous laugh. The bird's calls can be heard over great distances, usually at dawn and dusk, earning the name "the bushman's alarm clock". 

Fun Facts!

  • The call of a kookaburra has been used as a sound effect in jungle movies for many years, where it has falsely represented the sounds of a group of monkeys!
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