Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Laughing Kookaburra

The Laughing Kookaburra is instantly recognisable in both plumage and voice. It is generally off-white below, faintly barred with dark brown, and brown on the back and wings. The tail is more rufous, broadly barred with black. There is a conspicuous dark brown eye-stripe through the face. It is one of the larger members of the kingfisher family.


Laughing Kookaburras feed mostly on insects, worms and crustaceans, although small snakes, mammals, frogs and birds may also be eaten. Prey is seized by pouncing from a suitable perch. Small prey is eaten whole, but larger prey is killed by bashing it against the ground or tree branch.

Laughing Kookaburras are found throughout eastern Australia. They have been introduced to Tasmania, the extreme south-west of Western Australia, and New Zealand.
The Laughing Kookaburra inhabits most areas where there are suitable trees.





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20 comments:

Lady Fi said...

Such an adorable bird!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images Liz.

LindyLou Mac said...

Just wonderful Liz.

Lea said...

Great photos of a beautiful bird!

carol l mckenna said...

Great macro shots of the kookaburra ~ delightful ~ thanks,

Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

LOLfromPasa said...

Oh wow. What an extraordinary looking bird.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Magnifique oiseau et belle proximité :-)
CĂ©line & Philippe

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful bird and photos. I would love to see this bird in the wild. Enjoy your day and weekend ahead!

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful images of the Laughing Kookaburra. Brings back nice memories from my trip to Queensland :)

Helen said...

Liz, these are incredible captures of our wonderful kookaburra. I do so enjoy your photography.

firaszphotography said...

Thats a great catch... Super shots :-)

Melissa Rich said...

Beautiful work Liz!

Nora said...

Wonderful posting! Hope you have a happy weekend. Those are some amazing close ups of this bird. I have only seen one of these in captivity.

Graham Edwards said...

I am a tad envious: I have never managed such wonderful pictures of a Kookaburra.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Liz, I just love this cute bird. Awesome photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Brian King said...

I've always loved these guys even though I've only seen them in photos! The beak is just awesome!

Jutta.K said...

What a stunning animal.
I've heard a lot from him.
Especially from his call.
But he is also very beautiful.
My contribution...

Stewart M said...

I never tire of seeing these - they have such a personality.

Cheers - Stewart M - In Melbourne, but jet-lagged!

Pat Tillett said...

That is one cute bird! Beautiful photos Liz!

Mary Cromer said...

They are such interesting, lovely birds. Sadly I only see them from the bars of a zoo here~

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