The Iconic Australian bird, The Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra

My last blog for about a week – I am in Paris tomorrow until Friday with work, so I leave you with one of my favourite Australian birds, the Laughing Kookaburra

“Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra, Gay your life must be”

The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is such an iconic Australian bird that they wrote a song about it (above), which we all knew in England as children.
It is hard to believe that the Kookaburra is a Kingfisher, the largest of the family, I understand.
It is a tree dweller and a carnivore, feeding on small birds, reptiles and small mammals. They are stocky birds compared to their fishing relatives, and much larger, reaching 17 inches in length.
They are most famous for their call (which, of course gives them their name), which sounds like sustained laughter for several seconds and carries large distances.
I can do a passable impression, but my children have banned me from doing it 😉

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11 thoughts on “The Iconic Australian bird, The Laughing Kookaburra”

  1. This is what I learned as a child, and sang in school choirs:
    “Kookaburra sitting in the old gum-tree;
    What a very merry merry laugh has he.
    Laugh, kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra –
    Gay your life must be …”

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