Kookaburra

Animals, Birds, Australia, New Guinea

Native to Australia and New Zealand the Kookaburra bird is a big bird (28-42 cm in length and 11-17 inches in height). The Kookaburra was discovered by the English from the mid 18th century. They’ve a different call which sounds like a loud echoing human bliss, these birds are good-natured if not hysterical. You generally won’t find this bird by water but they can be found in a humid forest surrounding where food is readily accessible.

Kookaburra are carnivorous, their diet include lizards, snakes, insects, and raw meat, The Kookaburra is a territorial bird and they can often be found living with partially grown chicks from the previous mating season. Wild Kookaburras will eat babybirds, snakes, insects, small reptiles and other birds such as finches.

Even though these birds are found only in a comparatively small portion of the world their distinctive sound can be found from the soundtrack”jungle sound”, they’re also utilised in movies and television as well as being seen in some Disney park attractions. Also you can find these birds in popular video games such as Battle toads and World of War craft.

They may also be found on postage stamps, the first postage stamp with a Kookaburra was issued as a 6 cent stamp issued in 1914, and also a 38c Austrian stamp with a set of Kookaburra on it was issued around 1990. Also back in 1990 Australia committed a coin into this bird.

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