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Scientific Name: 
Dacelo novaeguineae novaeguineae
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Aves
Order: 
Coraciiformes
Genus: 
Dacelo
Species: 
novaeguineae
Status: 
Least Concern
Population Trend: 
Increasing
Fun Facts

They are an iconic Australian bird with a characteristic ‘laughing cackle’ call. Rather than laughter, the call’s purpose is actually territorial.

The word ‘Kookaburra’ comes from the Aboriginal Wirradgiri word "guuguubarra", which sounds like the bird’s call.

In Australian culture, the Kookaburra is known as the Bushman’s alarm clock, as their calls are most frequent at dawn.

The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest of all the Kingfisher species measuring up to 46 cm. It’s an off-white and dark brown bird with a large head, stout body and long, sharp beak. Characteristic of a Laughing Kookaburra is the dark brown ‘bandit’ eye-stripe across the face.

 

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