This is the beautiful laughing Kookaburra (one of the teams favourites) They are instantaneously recognisable by both their plumage and voice. The name “Laughing Kookaburra” refers to the bird’s “laugh”, This call us used to establish territory amongst family groups. It can be heard at any time of day however it is most frequent shortly after dawn and in the early evening after sunset.
It starts with one bird making a low, hiccuping chuckle. It then proceeds to throw its head back in raucous laughter, here often several others will join in. If a rival tribe is within earshot and replies, the whole family soon gathers to fill the bush with ringing laughter. Hearing kookaburras in full voice is an extraordinary experience of the Australian bush and is a sound that will be recognisable to you forever more. The Laughing Kookaburra is native to eastern Australia, however has also been introduced to New Zealand, Tasmania and Western Australia. They are part of the kingfisher family and hunt in a similar way to their smaller cousins. Perching on branches they wait patiently for prey to pass them by.