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

6 - 17 oz

15 - 17 in

24 - 29 days

2 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status
Least Concern
laughing kookaburra

The kookaburra is known as the "bushman's alarm clock" for its loud call, usually performed at dawn and dusk. It is one of the largest members of the kingfisher family. This bird is territorial and occupies the same area all year long.

The kookaburra hunts snakes by quickly hammering the head with its powerful beak and then seizing the reptile behind the neck.

laughing kookaburra

This species is not threatened; it has benefited from human settlements.