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Native Australian Birds - Kookaburra

Common Name : Kookaburra (Other names include Laughing jackass)
Scientific Name (Binomial name) x 2 : Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) and Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)
Native to : Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory

There are two main species of the Kookaburra found in Australia; the Blue Winged Kookaburra and the more common Laughing Kookaburra which is usually just called a Kookaburra. Two other species of Kookaburra are found in New Guinea and the Aru Islands. They are a type of kingfisher bird.

The Kookaburra's name comes from the Aboriginal Wiradjuri people of New South Wales. Their call can be heard from a long distance, sounding like a loud belly laugh by a human.

Kookaburras are carnivorous birds that eat a varied diet of fish, snakes, rodents, lizards, worms, beetles and other insects. They adapt well to having their natural homes taken over by humans, often being seen scavenging for food in parks and back yards where people are eating. Stories of stolen sausages and steaks from BBQs and picnic tables are quite common in parts of Australia.

The Laughing Kookaburra is the faunal emblem for the state of New South Wales.

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