Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This is My World; Kookaburra;

Kookaburra in the garden; Please click to enlarge;

Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are large terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. The name a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, which is onomatopoeic of its call.

Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter — good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the renowned Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii).

They are territorial, and often live with the partly grown chicks of the previous season.
They often sing as a chorus to mark their territory and can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, but also in suburban and residential areas near running water and where food can be searched for easily.

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  1. Informative post about the Kookaburras. Really interesting that these amazing creatures can produce the sound which is similar to that of a human laughter. Fascinating.

  2. One of my favorite memories of Australia involves a Kookaburra. In 1982, when my young brother was 14 and I was 35, I took him to Australia. Some of my friends thought I was crazy to take him, but I was so glad I did it. He is an artist. He was born with the artistic eye that sees things other people miss in everyday life. I'll never forget gazing around me at the unfamiliar flora of Queensland, looking at everything but... "Look at the kookaburra on top of that pole!" said Robbie. "Where?" I asked, looking around. "There," he said, pointing me in the direction of my first wild kookaburra. There were so many things I would have missed if I hadn't been traveling with an artist.
    Thanks for reminding me.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Interesting post of a bird I never have seen. I love the name of this special bird. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I had no idea what a kookaburra was. Now I know! What a fun bird.

  5. Kristin
    Randi and Gail
    thank you so much for your comments and interest. I enjoy hearing the Kookaburras chattering loud and trying to get the best roosting place on the tree. The best sound when a few are "singing" together.

  6. Trudi, your post reminded me of a song we learnt in school about the kookaburra singing on the old gum tree...Interesting to read about these birds. Loved the shot and the harmonious blend of blooms and foliage in your garden makes it a pretty picture!

  7. It's nice to have birds in the garden, even if they are loud sometimes.
    I like those many beautiful plants in the background and your header photo is simply breathtaking.

    Thanks for stopping by and I would like to invite you to participate on my Macro Flowers Saturday meme with these beautiful flowers.

  8. Hi - thanks for dropping in to see my canola picture - and when I drop into yours I find one of my favourite birds. Splendid.

    Stewart M (Melbourne)