The largest bird in the kingfisher family, the laughing 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.
Did You Know?
The kookaburra is nicknamed the Bushman’s clock for its alarming calls at dawn.
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.