Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae

Common Name: Laughing Kookaburra

Scientific Name: Dacelo novaeguineae

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Distribution and habitat: Kookaburras are found in eastern Australia, Tasmania and south-western Western Australia. They live in forests, woodlands, parks and gardens.

Feeding: A kookaburra eats insects, worms, crustaceans, frogs, lizards, snakes, birds and mammals. It sits on a perch and pounces on prey. It eats small prey whole and bashes large prey against the ground or a branch.

Breeding: Kookaburras breed from August to January. They nest in a hole in a tree or a termite nest in a tree. The female lays 2 or 3 eggs. The chicks hatch after 24 days and leave the nest after 35 days.

Did you know? Other kookaburras in the group help the parents care for the chicks.


2 responses

  1. I am wondering whether it is okay to feed kookaburras fish with bones still in it? Does it matter what kind of fish, can the bones be too sharp? Thanks

    • Hi Ali
      Although kookaburras are the largest member of the kingfisher family they eat invertebrates, and some lizards, snakes, rodents and small birds. Birds that normally eat fish should be able to handle raw bones. Cooking makes bones brittle and more likely to splinter. It’s important to remember this when feeding fish (and chicken) to cats and dogs too – only use raw bones.

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