Laughing Kookaburra

The iconic Australian laughing Kookaburra is world’s largest kingfisher.

It is a stout, stocky bird with a large head, prominent brown eyes, and a very large bill. It has a unique dark eye stripe.

It makes a distinctive sound which sounds like they are laughing but they are not. It creates the laughing sound to establish a territory among family groups. It can be heard any time of the day but most often at dawn and dusk. The laughing sound is widely used in portraying Australian bush settings, especially in old movies.

It is native to eastern mainland Australia but also been artificially introduced New Zealand, Tasmania, and Western Australia. It lives in dry eucalyptus forests, woodlands, city parks and gardens. The laughing Kookaburra is exclusively carnivorous, eating mice, snakes, yabbies, insects, small reptiles or even the young of other birds.⁠

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