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Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae


Laughing Kookaburras live in woodlands and open forests. They do not need free water to exist and occur in almost any part of eastern Australia with trees big enough to contain their nests and open patches sufficient to provide hunting grounds. You can see Laughing Kookaburra north of Cape York Peninsula, inland to western fringes of Great Diving Ranges and southwest to Eyre Peninsula.


Bird Call : A very family orientated species the Laughing Kookaburra has a very long history in Australia with several stories and Aboriginal legends stemming from the daily early morning chorus of this species. Many tribes believed that the call of the Kookaburra on dawn was a signal to the sky gods to light the great fire in the sky that illuminates and warms the earth by day. Actually used more as a territorial marker, the call of the Kookaburra is one of those unmistakable sounds of the Australian bush that will definitely give your ears a workout morning and afternoon

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MelanieAustralia 9 years ago

Thank you guys :)... These Kooka are funny, they sound like monkeys

patty 9 years ago

cool kookaburra and picture Melanie =)

JillBlack 9 years ago

Lovely photo

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4885, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jun 13, 2009
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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