Common Name: Laughing Kookaburra
Scientific Name: Dacelo novaeguineae
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.