Dacelo navaeguineae

The largest bird in the kingfisher family, the kookaburra is famous for its loud, boisterous call. It sounds a lot like a hearty human laugh, koo-koo-hoo-hoo-hoo-haa-haa-haa-haa. The kookaburra calls to let others know to stay out of its territory.

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Living in family groups, a crazy chorus of kookaburra calls carries across the woodlands as they awake in the morning to begin foraging and as they go to roost at night.

  • A thick, strong beak helps the kookaburra catch and crush insects and other small prey.
  • The kookaburra bashes larger prey such as snakes and fish against the ground or a branch. 

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pronunciationPronunciation: KOOK-uh-bur-uh
where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
heightHeight: 1.4 ft
weightWeight: 13 to 16 oz
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 15 to 20 yrs
habitatHabitat: Forest
dietDiet: Insects, snakes, lizards, rodents, and small birds