Dacelo Novaeguineae

Description

The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest of the kingfisher family, but unlike most of its relatives, it is sedentary and occupies the same territories the year round. The laughing kookaburra has dark brown wing plumage and a white head and underside. Dark brown eye stripes run across its face and its upper bill is black. Its reddish-colored tail is patterned with black bars

Size

Approximately 40-45cm in length

Food

Kookaburras are not particularly selective feeders - their diet of snakes, lizards, rodents and the odd small bird is probably best known, but they live mainly on various insects and other invertebrates.

Habitat

Laughing Kookaburras live in woodlands and open forests

Voice

Chuckling; loud laughing made by group to claim territory.

Distribution

to be advised

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Laughing Kookaburra

Breeding

Kookaburras form permanent pairs and take so long to rear their young to independence that more than one clutch a season is unlikely. Their nesting season starts in September and finishes in January. They nest a large cavity in almost any object big enough to contain an adult, usually a hole in a tree or termite mound.

Incubation begins with the first egg laid of up to four. Incubation and feeding of young is carried out by all members of the group