Laughing Kookaburra

(Dacelo novaeguineae)

Find Me In
Little Blue Beach
IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)


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.

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