Posted on 05/27/2013

Photo taken on December 22, 2012

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Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra
(Dacelo novaeguineae) Wild bird in a tree directly across the road from my house. While native to Australia, this was introduced to Western Australia in the late 1800s. At 40-45cm, it is the largest of the 10 species of Australian kingfishers.

Laughing Kookaburras feed on insects, worms and crustaceans, snakes, small mammals, frogs and birds may also be eaten. Small prey is eaten whole, but larger prey is killed by bashing it against the ground or tree branch. Birds are often seen stationary in tall trees with some form of reptile draped in its beak.

Laughing Kookaburras are believed to pair for life. Both sexes share the incubation duties and both care for the young. Other Laughing Kookaburras, usually offspring of the previous one to two years, act as 'helpers' during the breeding season. Every bird in the group shares all parenting duties.

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tiabunna, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, krancmm (away until September) have particularly liked this photo

This is excellent
Viewed larger you really enjoy all the details you caught
5 years ago.
An excellent shot of the kookaburra. Seen in
5 years ago.