Happy Friday! Today’s new Birdorable Bonanza bird is the Rufous-bellied Kookaburra.
The Rufous-bellied Kookaburra is one of four species of kookaburra in the world. Kookaburras are large “tree” kingfishers. A few traits set the Rufous-bellied Kookaburra apart from the other kookaburras.
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra by John Gerrard Keulemans (public domain)
These birds like to live in thick rainforest habitat, unlike the other kookaburras, who generally prefer an open habitat. Rufous-bellied Kookaburras are often found alone or in pairs; other species of kookaburra tend to live in larger cooperative family groups. Their light-colored bills are unique among the kookaburras. The Rufous-bellied is also the smallest of the four kookaburra species.
Our Bonanza continues tomorrow with an African species that sports a “beard”!