Laughing Kookabura- Dacelo novarguineae
Range: Western Australia Size: ♂: 41-45cm (16-18 in)
♀: 241-45cm (16-18 in) Weight ♂:196-450 g (6.9-16 oz)
♀: 190-450g (6.9-16)
Habitat: coastal mangroves
Incubation: 24-29 days
Fledge: 33-39 days
Sexual maturity:1 year
Nest: tree cavity
Breeding: cooperative breeder
Movement : Sedentary
Food: small mammals and reptiles
IUCN: Least Concern Subspecies :2
Longevity: captive: 15 yrs
The Laughing Kookaburra gets its name from its unique vocalization. This native of Western Australia is quite common and is endemic to the continent. However it has been introduced to Tasmania and New Zealand.
Although member of the kingfisher family kookaburras do not feed on fish. They prefer rodents lizards and other small prey. Kookaburras feed much like other kingfishers, by silently waiting on a perch and swooping down on their prey.
This species is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN. And although it is note listed on the CITES Appendices it is protected as a native species by the Australian government.