• IUCN Status
    Least Concern.
  • Population
  • Diet
    Carnivorous, eat Lizards, snake, insects, mice, other birds and raw meat.
  • Group
    Flock or Riot
  • Size
  • Continent
  • Lifespan
    15 to 20 years
  • Weight
  • Habitat
    Eucalyptus forests of Eastern Australia
  • Scientific Name
    Dacelo novaeguineae

Meet the Kookaburra


They are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncanny like loud, echoing human laughter.  Using their call to demarcate territorial borders.



our pair of laughing kookaburras at Wolds Wildlife Park

Did you know?

We all know Kookaburras laugh but what other interesting facts are there about these unusual birds?

In the wild where would a kookaburra live?up arrow

Kookaburras usually live in eucalyptus trees in eastern Australia.  

Eucalyptus tress are also know as "old gum trees" and inspired the song "kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, merry merry king of the bush is he".  This was written by a school teacher for a girl guide jamboree in 1934 and is now sung around the world.

What bird family does the kookaburra belong to?down arrow

The kookaburra belongs to the kingfisher family, more specifically the forest kingfishers.

The laughing kookaburra, like the ones that live at Wolds Wildlife Park, are the largest of all kingfishers.  


What do kookaburras like to eatdown arrow

Kookaburras are carnivorous, however, unlike most kingfishers they do not eat fish, they prefer other small mammal, insects, small birds, eggs and reptiles

How fast can a kookaburra fly?down arrow

The kookaburra is a slow-flying bird. It can fly up to about 20 miles per hour

What is the laughing kookaburra's nick-name?down arrow

Kookaburras hold the nickname of “The Bushman’s Clock,” due to their unique vocalizations. This name occurs because kookaburras are most vocal at sunrise and sunset, and thus could function as an alarm clock.