About the photo – “Kookaburra on a Post”

About the photo – Kookaburra on a Post

by Shane Herring

Last updated on June 17th, 2019

"Kookaburra on a Post"

Living in a rural area, we see a lot of native wildlife. Kookaburras are frequent visitors taking advantage of the plentiful hunting opportunities in the paddocks and gardens.

Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra and reflects its call. They often sing as a chorus to mark their territory.

Kookaburras are found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, as well as in suburban areas with tall trees or near running water. Unlike other kingfishers, kookaburras aren’t really a water bird

This is a Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) one of four species of kookaburra found in Australia, New Guinea, and the Aru Islands. It is native to eastern Australia and was introduced to the southwest.

Kookaburras are almost exclusively carnivorous, eating mice, snakes, insects, small reptiles, and the young of other birds; they have also been known to take goldfish from garden ponds. In zoos they are usually fed food for birds of prey.

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