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Laughing Kookaburra

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Laughing Kookaburra

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The Laughing Kookaburra is one of the most well-loved birds of our suburbs, often seen on fences, trees and rooftops. Laughing Kookaburras are easily recognized by their 'Koo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-haa-haa-haa-haa' call which sounds like a cackling laugh.

There are two kinds of Kookaburras in Australia, the Laughing Kookaburra and the Blue Winged Kookaburra, which has a distinctive silver-blue line on its wings.

Laughing Kookaburras live in eastern Australia, Tasmania and the south-west of Western Australia wherever there are suitable trees.

Kookaburras often stay with their families for several years. You may see a family around your area or backyard with six or more Kookaburras. They mate for life and build their nests in a tree hollow or in a burrow excavated from a termite mound. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.

You might see a Kookaburra as it swoops on the leaf litter of your garden in search of skinks, lizards and insects to eat. They feed mostly on insects, worms and crustaceans, and sometimes on small snakes, mammals, frogs and birds. Small prey is eaten whole, but larger prey is killed by bashing it against the ground or tree branch.

Be a Backyard Buddy

Having a large range of native shrubs and trees in your backyard gives Kookaburras plenty of sticks and leaves to build a nest with.

Having local native plants in your garden will also attract insects such as bees and stick insects,
which provide a tasty treat for Kookaburras.

Kookaburras love:

But they don't like:

Try to:

Avoid:

Don't be surprised if Laughing Kookaburras:

A few more Laughing Kookaburra facts

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”I am a proud Backyard Buddy, doing my bit for our wonderful wildlife, I encourage you to get involved!“

James – BYB Supporter & Homeowner, VIC

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