Scientific Name: dacelo novaeguineae
Habitat: open forest areas
Diet: rodents, frogs, reptiles, insects, worms
Life Span: 15 years (20 years in captivity)
Young: 2 – 4 eggs per clutch
Size: 350 g

The Laughing Kookaburra is indigenous to the woodlands of Eastern mainland Australia, but they have also been introduced to Western Australia, Tasmania, and a few other islands.

Laughing Kookaburras are the largest member of the kingfisher family. Males and females have similar plumage and are predominantly brown and white, with a dark brown stripe across each eye.

Kookaburras get their name from their distinct laughing call, which they use to define their territory to other birds.

Carnivores, these birds perch in trees and hunt small prey as it passes by. Once caught the prey is beaten against a branch to kill and tenderize it. Kookaburras are beneficial because they help to keep insect populations down.

Kookaburras mate for life.

To learn more about the Laughing Kookaburra, visit Beauty of Birds, or come visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo!