Kookaburra – cheeky laughing bird

Kookaburra - laughing bird

How did we encounter Kookaburra first time?

It was our first night camping. All was new and unknown. We went to sleep and wake up early in the morning because there was a laughing bird sound next to our tent.

When I heard it for the first time I thought it was a hyena. My next thought was – Nah, Australia doesn’t have them, it must be something else. And it was – a laughing bird – Kookaburra. 

This bird is a symbol of Australia. Now we go camping a lot, so we meet them constantly during our adventures. These cheeky birds know well how to help themselves and we learned fast not to leave any food on the table because it can disappear in a matter of seconds. 

In fact, they can even ‘collect’ sausages from the hot grill or a plate at the dinner table. 

Kookaburra – the butter accident

In one of our camping trips around Brisbane, it happened that Kookaburra attacked a cold butter that I had just taken out from the fridge.

Kookaburra’s beak went deep into the butter and it wouldn’t go out despite the bird’s big efforts. I had to help the bird by grabbing it and separating butter from its beak.

Since that accident, I know that Kookaburras are pretty heavy. They are the largest member of the Kingfisher family and they grow to the size of a footy ball. 

When not ‘hunting’ human food Kookaburra eats small animals, insects and snakes.  It perches quietly on a tree and when ready glides onto its prey. There are two types of Kookaburras in Australia:  Blue-Winged spotted in Northern Australia and Laughing Kookaburra – native to eastern Australia. 

Where spotted: Laura Station QLD, Brisbane QLD, Darwin NT and many other places

Kookaburra laughing bird – more information

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