Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Coraciifomes
FAMILY
Alcedinidae

Range

Eastern and southern Australia


Habitat

Eucalyptus forests and woodlands


Diet

Small snakes, large insects, termites, lizards, small birds and mammals

Weight

6 - 17 oz.

Height

15 - 17 in.

Incubation

24 - 29 days

Clutch

2 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • The kookaburra is known as the "bushman's alarm clock" for its loud call, usually performed at dawn and dusk.
  • This bird is territorial and occupies the same area all year long.
  • It is one of the largest members of the kingfisher family.
  • The kookaburra hunts snakes by quickly hammering the head with its powerful beak and then seizing the reptile behind the neck.

 

Conservation

Not threatened; has benefited from human settlements.

Least Concern

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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