Laughing kookaburra in exhibit

Laughing Kookaburra

Scientific Name
Dacelo novaeguineae novaeguineae
Eastern Australia
Woodlands and forests
Estimated Wild Population
Laughing kookaburra in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Laughing kookaburras have a white chest and head, dark brown wings, a brown back, brown stripes around their eyes, and a reddish-colored tail with black bars. They often kill their prey by grasping them with their beak and striking them against their perch. These birds live in territorial groups of three or more birds. Mature offspring feed and protect their siblings before moving on to nests of their own.

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Laughing kookaburras feed on snakes, lizards, insects, and rodents—a diet that made it popular with Australian settlers.

They received their name—as well as their nickname, “bushman’s clock”—from their laughter-like call, which often comes at early dawn and dusk.

Only the dominant male and female breed in each territorial group, but the entire group helps rear their chicks.

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