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Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae


The Laughing Kookaburra is instantly recognisable in both plumage and voice. 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. It is one of the larger members of the kingfisher family. 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.


Inhabits most areas where there are suitable trees. This Kookaburra was on Tamborine Mountain, an area that is heavily forested, in parts by sub-tropical rainforests.


These are amazing birds. Their 'laugh' epitomizes the sound of the Australian Bush. It is internationally recognised, and though people may not know the bird itself, they will recognise the call. Even in the old Tarzan movies, there was always a Laughing Kookaburra. PS: I found the video on YouTube. Have a listen to the classic Kookaburra call.

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1 Comment

Becca147 8 years ago

The video was a nice touch! I didn't realize we were able to add them! :)

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Oct 16, 2011
Submitted on May 14, 2013

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