Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Kookaburra



Good morning seems I forgot to do a post yesterday, why I forgot I do not know, I just did but here I am doing a post on Aussie Wednesday. Today's post is about the Kookaburra.

They are native Australian birds and the largest in the kingfisher family. They are noisy and territorial, but their confidence makes them welcome and lovable backyard visitors

This bird is the world’s largest kingfisher bird and grows up to 46 cm from beak to tail! It is known for its chuckling voice which sounds like human laughter. Laughing kookaburras can be easily heard and thus spotted.

They are almost exclusively carnivorous, eating mice, snakes, insects, small reptiles, and the young of other birds; unlike many other kingfishers, they rarely eat fish, although they have been known to take goldfish from garden ponds. In zoos they are usually fed food for birds of prey.
The average lifespan of a kookaburra is about 15 years. Kookaburras live in loosely-knit family groups with clearly defined territories. The family unit consist of a monogamous male and female pair, together with up to 6 helper birds.

'Kookaburras are unusual because they exhibit two extremes of social behaviour — as older birds they are altruistic helping the parents to raise their siblings, but as chicks they actively try to kill each other.


9 comments:

CWMartin said...

Kingfishers. Noisy. Yep, that's an affirmative, though I didn't know the Kookaburra was one...

Chatty Crone said...

Interesting Jo-Anne,
I didn't know about this:
'Kookaburras are unusual because they exhibit two extremes of social behavior — as older birds they are altruistic helping the parents to raise their siblings, but as chicks they actively try to kill each other."
Yikes.sandie

Rita said...

I've heard the name but knew little about them. Interesting birds! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jo-Anne - I've always loved the name 'kookaburra' so it's fun to see one ... great little birds - cheers Hilary

Kea said...

There's an old song about the kookaburra, something that sticks in my mind from childhood. But I didn't know anything about them; they look like very interesting birds!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Chris.....Now you do

Sandie.....Yes they are

Rita.....Now you know

Hilary.....Me too

Kea......I know the song

Janie Junebug said...

We sang the kookaburra song as children, and now, thank to you, I know what a kookaburra looks like.

Love,
Janie

Margaret D said...

I do like these birds, we don't see them often here where I live but we once did, two used to sit on the clothes line then swoop into the fish pond and take my goldfish, or try to...

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