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Laughing Kookaburra
( Dacelo novaeguinae )

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The Laughing kookaburra is spread throughout eastern Australia then in south-western parts of Australia, in Tasmania and in New Zealand. It inhabits areas with enough trees, on which they nest.

Dacelo novaeguineae is 40-45 cm in length. It has got rather rough plumage. The body is white with dark brown band on back, shoulders and the wings. There is another blackish stripe going through the eye area. The bill is rather strong and sharp. The upper part is dark, whereas the lower part is orange. It is quite easy to recognize this bird either by sight or by its unique koo-koo-koo-kaa-kaa loud scream, which reminds us laughter.

The Kookaburra feeds on insects, worms, crustaceans, small snakes and mammals, birds, frogs and so on. The smaller prey is eaten as a whole, however the larger one must be divided into several parts by its strong bill.

The breeding generally occurs from August to January. These birds are monogamous. The nest is basically a hole in a tree. The males just like the female take the parenting responsibilities. They both take part during incubation time equally. The egg is white with light brown spots. When young are born every bird shares all parenting duties.

Laughing Kookaburra ( Dacelo novaeguinae )

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