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The feathers of a young Laughing Kookaburra are intricately ornate.


blue-winged kookaburra

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blue-winged kookaburra

These lovely kookaburras are more like the traditional kingfishers. They have a smaller body and larger head than their southern relatives the Laughing Kookaburra.

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Kookaburras are large kingfishes with loud laughing calls and they feed mainly on reptiles. This young one is a resident in my mother’s garden in Sydney. It showed incredible patience and stillness while waiting for an unsuspecting lizard to slither into view, the only movement a sudden swivel of the head.

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This adult Laughing Kookaburra frequents the fence in my mother’s garden, an excellent vantage point with which to spy wriggly ground worms or other interesting edible treats. The adult status is shown in the pale pinkish lower beak which is dark when a juvenile. They make a fantastic loud chuckling laugh, often in chorus with other Laughing Kookaburras which can be astoundingly loud.