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Laughing Kookaburras

Dacelo novaeguineae


The Laughing Kookaburra is instantly recognisable in both plumage and voice, and is the quintessential Australian bird. It is one of the larger members of the kingfisher family. It is generally off-white below, faintly barred with dark brown, and brown on the back and wings. The tail is more rufous, broadly barred with black. There is a conspicuous dark brown eye-stripe through the face. They feed mostly on insects, worms and crustaceans, although small snakes, mammals, frogs and birds may also be eaten. Prey is seized by pouncing from a suitable perch. Small prey is eaten whole, but larger prey is killed by bashing it against the ground or tree branch. Laughing Kookaburras are found throughout eastern Australia. They have been introduced to Tasmania, the extreme south-west of Western Australia, and New Zealand.


Local park in Dunwich, on North Stradbroke Island, SEQ. Inhabits most areas where there are suitable trees.


I was photographing this beehive at the time, and the two kookaburras few right past me and perched themselves in a nearby melaleuca tree.

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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Absolutely, but they didn't move from this spot for a few minutes, and then, flew off in the other direction.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Something has their attention... maybe yet another joke coming.

QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.49, Long: 153.40

Spotted on Dec 18, 2015
Submitted on Apr 26, 2016

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