Laughing Kookaburra | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo Novaeguineae

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The Laughing Kookaburra lives in the woodlands of Eastern Australia. A large bird reaching around 43 cm in length, the Laughing Kookaburra commands a large and strong beak and diet on a mix of insects, rodents and lizards as well as venomous snakes.

Native Range →

Eastern mainland Australia. Introduced to Tasmania

Natural Habitat  →

Forest, wetlands, woodlands and town suburbs

Diet  →

Mice, insects, lizards, snakes and small birds

Life Expectancy  →

Up to 15 years in the wild. Up to 20 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2-4 eggs from a 25 day incubation

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, persection

Fun fact

According to an Aboriginal legend, the Laughing Kookaburra’s song is a signal for the sky people to light the sun each morning.

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