KookaburraPhoto by Jamie Perry

Scientific Name: Dacelo novaeguineae

The name "Laughing Kookaburra" refers to the bird's laugh-like call, which it uses to establish territory amongst family groups.

  • Size: Weight: Average 1 pound; Length: Average 18 inches
  • Diet: Earthworms, snails, arthropods, frogs and small vertebrates
  • Habitat: Eucalyptus forests and woodland; also found in urban areas where nesting is easily available
  • Range in the Wild: Eastern and southeastern Australia; introduced to Tasmania

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern. Kookaburras have a large range and stable population size.

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