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Laughing kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae


The laughing kookaburra is the largest of the kingfisher family. This bird has been nicknamed the ‘bushman’s alarm clock’ as it calls at dawn and dusk to mark the individual’s territory. The call sounds like a series of trills, chortles, shrieking laughs and hoots. It starts and ends with a low chuckle.

Adult kookaburras mate for life and are territorial birds. They use the same nest hole, located in a tree hole, each year.

Animal class

Bird

Conservation status

The IUCN does not consider the laughing kookaburra to be globally threatened with extinction.

Habitat

Forest

Population

It is not known how many laughing kookaburra there are in the wild.

Diet

Carnivore. Kookaburras eat a variety of invertebrates and small vertebrates and, on occasion, snakes.