Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree

Interesting facts about Kookaburra

Kookaburra are natives to Australia. They are the largest of the kingfisher  species even though they weigh half a pound. Kookaburras are carnivorous and feed on a wide variety of prey including frogs, snakes, lizards, small mammals, and insects.

Laughing kookaburra

Kookaburra are very protective of the area that they live in and do not like to share it with others. So as the evening falls kookaburras make loud, long calls that sound like laughter to let all know the boundaries of their area. They like to make nest in hollow trees or termite mounds. Another interesting fact about them is that they get all the moisture they need from the food they eat and drink no extra water. Their average life span is 20 years.

Kookuburra chicks cannot see when they are born and have no feathers, it takes a month for their feathers to fill in.

Blue winged kookaburra

These birds are threatened as the forests are being felled and they make easy target for hunting sports.




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