Laughing Kookaburra

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Laughing Kookaburra
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Backyard Creatures, Native Animals

The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is the largest of all kingfishers. Its makes a raucous ‘laughter’ sounds when calling and feeds on insects, grubs, snakes,
lizards and rodents. Its habitat includes open forests, woodlands and urban areas.

It has a massive bill, large cream-white head, brown marks on its crown, brown eyestripes and wings that are brown and mottled blue. The male often has a blue patch on its rump and a barred brown and black tail. The female has a brown rump and its head is more buff.

Kookaburras lives in family groups. They nest in tree hollows and defend their territory vigourously from other kookaburras. Older offspring help their parents rear younger birds.