Laughing Kookaburra: Dacelo Novaeguineae
Distribution and Habitat
Kookaburras are found throughout Australia, including Tasmania.
They live primarily in forests and nest in hollow trees and termite mounds.
They are the largest of the kingfishers. Their heads and bellies are white; they have brown wings, brown backs and dark brown eye-stripes. Their short, round bodies grow to 18 inches long. They have short and stocky legs. The females are larger than the males. Females lay 2-4 eggs that will hatch in about a month.
Kookaburras throw their heads back as they emit shrieking laughter. This is known as the ‘bushman’s alarm clock”.
Kookaburras are very territorial and mate for life.
Kookaburras live in close-knit family units, where they all look after each other’s chicks.