Sounds & Calls
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
One of Australia’s most iconic birds, the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is the world’s heaviest species of kingfisher (the Giant Kingfisher [Megaceryle maxima] of Africa is a touch bigger in average length). Native to eastern Australia, it has also been introduced to to south-west Australia, Kangaroo Island, Flinders Island, Tasmania and the north island of New Zealand.
Laughing Kookaburras are an adaptable species and can be found in a variety of habitats including open forests, woodlands, farmlands and even in urban parks and gardens. They are a familiar sight in campgrounds, parks and picnic areas along the east coast of Australia, and it’s not uncommon to have them swoop down and steal sausages right off the barbeque grill!