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Kookaburras

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lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago
Laughing kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae Laughing Kookaburra


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6 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

I've never had a kookaburra steal a snag (they mostly just drop into our yard for a skink or two), but I'm still mourning that cheese sandwich snatched up by a Black currawong at Cradle Mountain NP. I was really hungry, dammit!

chriscenzo
chriscenzo 9 years ago

Or just after they've stolen your sausage lol!! Thanks for the update :)

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

As for the "laughing" bit, they seem to have an uncanny ability to launch into a raucous laugh just when you've done something stupid. ;)

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago


Actually there are only two kookaburra in Australia, the other two are in New Guinea, which shares a lot of similar species with Australia.

The four kookaburra are:
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud). (southern New Guinea, Saibai island)
Spangled Kookaburra (Dacelo tyro). (Aru Islands, southern New Guinea)
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii). (northern Australia, southern New Guinea)
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). (native to eastern Australia, introduced to southwest Australia)

chriscenzo
chriscenzo 9 years ago

Wow I never knew that.. I always just assumed these were Kookaburras and the 'laughing' part was an Australianism. What are the other kinds?

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

HI Chris, there are four kookaburra in Australia, you spotted the most familiar species, the Laughing kookaburra.

chriscenzo
Spotted by
chriscenzo

4740, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on May 9, 2011
Submitted on May 10, 2011

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