The kookaburra is a large bird that is native to Australia. It belongs to the kingfisher family of birds, and is quite unique in many ways. Kookaburras are mainly known for their loud call which sounds a lot like a human laugh.
Kookaburras are fairly large birds but have compact bodies with short necks and legs, with long, pointy bills. They grow to be about 17 inches tall. Kookaburras have dark brown upper parts, grey-blue spotted wings, a white band between the head and body, a dark stripe through the eye, white under parts and a black bill.
Kookaburras are carnivorous creatures and like eating snakes, lizards, insects, mice and even other birds in the wild. They also like to eat raw and cooked meat.
Other Kookaburra Info
• At twilight, the kookaburra makes long and loud calls that sound a lot like human laughter. This is a territorial mechanism to warn others to stay away.
• Kookaburras mate for life and live as couples either on their own, or with others.
• Kookaburra chicks are born blind and featherless. Feathers grow after a month.
• Older chicks help their parents with their next clutch of eggs.
• Kookaburras never need to drink water, as they get all their required moisture in their food.