Australian Birds

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra - Ark.au

Dacelo novaeguineae

Size: Birds Size: 45 cm

Family: Alcedinidae (Alcedinid Kingfishers, 10 species in Australia)

Distribution: Most of Eastern Australia plus small parts of WA and NT.

Status: Common

Habitat: Open forests, woodlands.

References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

About the Laughing Kookaburra

One of the most famous of all Australian birds.

Very young kookaburras sound like what a baby dragon might sound like, and not like an adult kookaburra. As they grow older, their sound becomes ever-more like the familar "laugh" of the kookaburra.

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: West Head, Kuring-gai Chase National Park NSW.

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW.

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: Australia Zoo QLD.

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW.

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: WIRES, Blue Mountains NSW. The photo shows a juvenile Laughing Kookaburra.

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Higher Resolution 682 x 1000.

See Also

Australian Mammals
Australian Reptiles
Australian Frogs
Australian Fish
Australian Spiders and Their Faces
Australian Wild Plant Foods

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