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Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra Facts

Size 15-18.5 inch (40-47 cm)
Speed Unknown
Weight Up to 17 oz (490 g)
Lifespan 20-25 years
Food Fish, insects, frogs, snails
Predators Owls, goshawks
Habitat Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea
Order Coraciiformes
Family Kingfishers
UnterFamily Alcedinidae
Scientific name Dacelo novaeguineae
Characteristics Its call sounds like a laugh

Main Characteristics

The laughing kookaburra is the largest and heaviest member of the kingfisher family. Australia’s native population has a legend that the laughing kookaburra was chosen by the gods to wake people and animals at the beginning of the day.

Laughing Kookaburra Laughing Kookaburra - Photo: sompreaw/Shutterstock


The Laughing Kookaburra’s Sense of Humor

The laughing kookaburra is also known as the laughing jackass. This refers to its call, which sounds like a loud laugh. You can hear this unmistakable laugh in lots of Hollywood films set in the jungles of Africa or South America. But the bird is actually from Australia.

Laughing Kookaburra Laughing Kookaburra - Photo: Wang LiQiang/Shutterstock

The Laughing Kookaburra Is a Sociable Bird

What makes these birds special is their sociable manner. Normally, kingfishers are lone wolves and only meet up during mating season. The laughing kookaburra and the blue-winged kookaburra live in small family groups, with their mothers, fathers, uncles and aunts. Close relatives even look after the young, with the males taking on the traditionally female role of providing care.

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