Kookaburra – “Laughing Bird”

A RIOT of Kookaburras

Interesting Facts

AKA ‘The laughing bird” due to its distinctive and completely unique song. You know you’re in Australia when you hear it. The sound brightens my day.

The kookaburra is a member of the Kingfisher family and is the largest of them – 45cm (18 inches) from beak to tail and weighing up to 465 grams. Kingfishers are one of a few bird species able to hover (like a hummingbird).

Diet is carnivorous and includes insects, small crabs, and small reptiles although I saw a photo on Facebook the other day where a kookaburra was sitting on a low branch around 10 feet off the ground, swallowing a snake at least 6 feet in length! They play a critical role in their ecology, in controlling the population of small animals.

As a group, they are known as a RIOT of kookaburras lol. You’ll find 2-3 eggs in a clutch and they take around 22 days to incubate, entering maturity at around 12 months. Can live up to 15 years.

December 5, 2023 7:46 PM