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 Australian Animals

Animal- Kookaburra

Common Name: Blue-Winged Kookaburra

Biological name: Dacelo novaeguineae

DescriptionLaughing Kookaburras are found throughout eastern Australia. They have been introduced to Tasmania, the extreme south-west of Western Australia, and New Zealand. Replaced by the Blue-winged Kookaburra in central northern and north-western Australia, with some overlap in Queensland, although this species is more coastal.



Habitat :The Laughing Kookaburra inhabits most areas where there are suitable trees.




Location :The Kookaburra is found right across Victoria and most of eastern Australia, from Cape York Peninsula in Queensland to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.


Diet: Laughing Kookaburras feed mostly on insects, worms and crustaceans, although small snakes, mammals, frogs and birds may also be eaten. Prey is seized by pouncing from a suitable perch. Small prey is eaten whole, but larger prey is killed by bashing it against the ground or tree branch.


Conservation Status :the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classed the laughing kookaburra as a species of least concern as it has a large range and population, with no widespread threats.



Interesting Facts: The laughing kookaburra got its common name from the loud territorial sound that it makes. The calls are often mistaken for many different animals, such as donkeys or monkeys.