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Kookaburra (Laughing jackass) (Dacelo gigas)

Kookaburra, Laughing Jackass

The Kookaburra

The kookaburra is the largest kingfisher in the world. They were found right along the east coast and were introduced to Western Australia in 1898 and are now established in the south west corner of that state.

Their laughter was not liked by early settlers who often thought the birds were laughing at them. However to most people now the sound of a kookaburra is pleasant. They are still common even into suburbs, but generally they prefer open forest country.

They have adapted readily to humans, and will eat almost everything. They will steal a sausage from a BBQ, and will take other food. In the bush they eat small lizards and snakes and will attack quite large ones. (See goanna ). They also raid the nests of smaller birds and these will annoy kookaburras by flying at them for long periods of time.

They usually nest in a hollow high in a large tree. They lay between 2 and 4 eggs usually in spring.


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