Laughing Kookaburra: Dacelo novaeguineae
Distribution and Habitat
Eastern and southern Australia
Prefers eucalyptus forests near bodies of water, but also does well near rural and suburban communities.
Long and stocky beak
Brown stripes near eyes and crown of head
Cream colored belly
Brownish-gray wings with dappled iridescent blue feathers
Females are typically slightly larger than males and are about 15 inches long.
Laughing Kookaburras are the largest member of the kingfisher family, but don’t often eat fish. Instead, they’ll hunt snakes, lizards, and rodents and will hold their pray with their beat and smash on the ground or branch to tenderize it!
The call of a Laughing Kookaburra is often used in films to represent monkeys or rainforests, but you almost never see the actual bird.