Laughing kookaburra

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Laughing kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is a type of kingfisher.[1] They were previously called the laughing jackass and the giant kingfisher.[2]

Breeding[change | change source]

It is thought that laughing kookaburras only have one mate for their whole life.[1]

Looks[change | change source]

They are normally off white with pale brown lines. They have brown wings and back. They look similar to the Blue-winged kookaburra which is found in the same area. [1] male and female birds look similar. They are 43 to 45 cm long and weigh around 0.5 kg.[2]

Distribution[change | change source]

They are originally from eastern Australia. Humans have put them into south-west Australia, Tasmania and New Island. They live nearly everywhere in this area where there are suitable trees.[1]

Food[change | change source]

They eat insects, crustaceans and worms. Sometimes, they will eat small snakes, mammals, frogs and birds.[1]

Relationship with humans[change | change source]

They can become tame and may accept meat from a human's hand.[1]

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