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two blue-winged kookaburra birds on tree branches
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Blue-Winged Kookaburra

The kookaburra is a member of the kingfisher family from Australia, though they inhabit dry forests where their diet is far morel likely to be mice or insects than fish. Their call sounds like cascades of loud enthusiastic laughter.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Dacelo leachii


Deciduous forests in parts of Australia; strong preference for Poplar Gum tree

Location in the Zoo

Birds of the World

Cool Animal Fact

They kill prey such as mice by holding them in their beaks and striking them against branches or rocks.