Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae


The kookaburra’s call announces a family group’s territory near dawn and dusk. Their song sounds like a laugh, with chortles, trills, and hoots. Because their calls are so loud and predictable, kookaburras are called “the bushman’s alarm clock”.

Although the laughing kookaburra is the largest member of the kingfisher family, they rarely eat fish. Kookaburras prey on a variety of small animals including frogs, snakes, rodents, large insects, and even smaller birds!
Dry eucalyptus forests, woodlands, city parks, and gardens of coastal Australia.

See kookaburras in the Bird Garden Aviaries across from the kangaroos at Riverbanks.