Laughing Kookaburra

About the Laughing Kookaburra

Also known as: Alarm Bird, Laughing Jackass, Breakfast Bird, Brown Kingfisher, Bushman's Clock, Giant Kingfisher, Ha Ha Duck, Ha Ha Pigeon, Kooka, Laughing Jack, Settler's Clock, Woop Woop Pigeon, Kookaburra

The Laughing Kookaburra is a very large species of kingfisher native to eastern Australia. They have brown and white plumage and are named for their distinctive "laughing" call, which sounds like "kook kook kook ka ka ka."

Laughing Kookaburras live in family groups in woodlands. They feed on small rodents, lizards, snakes, and other small prey items. They hunt primarily over land, searching for food from a fixed perch and then seizing prey as it passes by.

Laughing Kookaburras are common throughout their range, and are often seen near human developments, including parks, yards, and gardens.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 July 2010
Scientific Name
Dacelo novaeguineae
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Dacelo
  • D. novaeguineae
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 inches

International Names

Czech (Cesky) ledňák obrovský
Danish (Dansk) Latterfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Kookaburra
Finnish (Suomi) isonauraja
French (Français) Martin-chasseur géant
German (Deutsch) Jägerliest
Italian (Italiano) Kookaburra sghignazzante
Japanese (日本語) ワライカワセミ (waraikawasemi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Latterkokaburra
Polish (Polski) kukabura chichotliwa
Russian (русский язык) Смеющийся зимородок
Spanish (Español) Cucaburra Común
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