Laughing Kookaburra

Size: 18 inches
Habitat/Range: Eastern Australia

The laughing kookaburra is the largest of the kingfishers, but unlike its relatives, it prefers a diet of rodents, reptiles and insects over fish. When hunting, it will sit motionless on a perch, waiting to pounce on passing prey.

According to Aboriginal legend, the kookaburra’s extremely loud, laugh-like call is a signal for the sky people to light the sun each morning. In reality, the daily call at dusk and dawn is used by a kookaburra family to mark its territory.