||(click on the kookaburra to hear the sound they
make outside our classroom)
scientific name is Dacelo novaeguineae. It is also known as the
laughing kookaburra because its call sounds like laughter. The kookaburra
is sometimes referred to as the Great Brown Kingfisher.
to be about 45cms in length. They have a square head and a dagger
like beak. Kookaburras have mainly brown plumage and a gray and white
underside. They also have dark bands on their tail feathers.
is found all along the East Coast of Australia, most of Tasmania and
in Southern Western Australia. They live in wooded areas, open forests
and urban areas. Kookaburras are generally peaceful but are also territorial.
Kookaburras are carnivores. Their diet consists of: mice, rats, frogs,
snakes, lizards, worms, snails, insects and small birds. They kill
their prey by hitting it against a tree or the ground.
has complex nesting habits. They usually nest about 10 metres off
the ground in hollow trees. The young are raised by groups of three
or four adults. These groups consist of a breeding pair and helpers.
The helpers are generally male, they assist with nesting duties, defending
territory and rearing of siblings.
which male birds have the right to mate by sparring. In a spar two
males lock beaks and try to twist each other off the perch to establish
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