Laughing Kookaburra

Species Name: Laughing Kookaburra Latin Name: Dacelo novaeguineae Native To: Eastern Australia Conservation Status: Least Concern Taken At: Healesville Sanctuary There are two main species of kookaburra found in Australia, the Laughing Kookaburra located in the Eastern and Southern parts of Australia and the Blue-Winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) located in Northern Australia and parts of Southern New Guinea. The species overall are mostly carnivorouss eating mice, snakes, insects, small reptiles, and the young of other birds. Even though these birds are classed as kingfishers kookaburra's rarely eat fish with exception to goldfish from ponds. In captivity in zoo's etc they are given food that are usually food given to birds of prey rather than fish. These species have a distinctive laugh like call. The Laughing Kookaburra has a whitish head with brown eye-stripe. The They will have cream/white bodies with brown wings and their tails will be a mixture of brown and white. The males and females have similar plumage to each other, they are monogamous and mate for life. They tend to occupy the same territory throughout the year, they will typically perch and wait for a small animal to catch their attention rather than actively seeking prey in the sky

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