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Kookaburras





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lori.tas
lori.tas 7 years ago
Laughing kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae Laughing Kookaburra

6 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 7 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 7 years ago

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

lori.tas
lori.tas 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago

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

4740, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -21.14, Long: 149.19

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

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