Woodlands and open forests in Australia
Size: 15-17 inches (length)
Weight: Up to 1 lb.
Lifespan: 15-20 years
Snakes, lizards, small mammals, frogs, rodents, insects
The Laughing kookaburra is the largest of the kingfishers, but unlike its relatives, it prefers a diet of rodents, reptiles, and insects over fish. It will sit motionless on a perch when hunting, 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.