Bushman’s alarm clock Laughing kookaburra is the largest member of a kingfisher family. It is best known for the distinctive sound it emits, which perfectly resembles human laughter. It is safe to assume that everyone has heard it at least once since it is used in almost every Hollywood movie with a jungle setting.
1.Laughing kookaburras are native to eastern mainland Australia.
2.They were first described by the French naturalist and explorer Pierre Sonnerat.
3.Their name comes from the Wiradjuri word guuguubarra.
Wiradjuri is a traditional, Pama-Nyungan language of Aboriginal Australian people – Wiradjuri.
4.They are approximately 39 – 42 cm tall and weigh between 196 and 465 grams.
Males are slightly smaller and lighter than females.
5.They have pale heads and chests, with dark patches over their eyes.
6.Their beak is usually 10 cm long.
7.Laughing kookaburras are sexually dimorphic.
There are different visual characteristics between the two sexes – males usually have blue-hued feathers and dark blue on their tails.
8.Laughing kookaburras are carnivorous.
Their diet consists of rodents, insects, reptiles, birds, and snakes.
9.They are perfect hunters.
Laughing kookaburra sits completely motionless while observing its prey, and once it attacks, it carries its prey back to the perch and hits several times to kill and soften it. Then it eats it whole.
10.Their boldness in hunting snakes made them a welcome sight in suburban areas of mainland Australia.