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About the Kookaburra

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

The kookaburra is a bird species native to Australia, belonging to the family of kingfishers. There are four different species of kookaburras, with the most well-known being the Laughing Kookaburra.

The Laughing Kookaburra is a medium-sized bird, measuring up to 45 cm (18 in) in length and weighing around 500 grams (18 oz). It has a distinctive appearance, with a large head, brown and white plumage, and a long, thick beak. Its most notable feature, however, is its loud, raucous call, which sounds like human laughter and can be heard for several kilometers.

Kookaburras are found throughout Australia, from the tropical north to the temperate south. They inhabit a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, and urban areas. They are carnivorous birds, feeding on a range of prey, including insects, lizards, snakes, and small mammals.

Kookaburras are monogamous birds and usually mate for life. They nest in tree hollows, and both parents participate in incubating the eggs and caring for the chicks. The Laughing Kookaburra is a popular bird in Australian culture and is often featured in art, literature, and folklore. It is also the subject of a well-known Australian nursery rhyme, "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree."

We are very fortunate to care for Kookie. Take a look at the video above to hear his amazing laugh!


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