Our Top 5 Laughing Kookaburra facts:
1. They have a funny call
The Laughing Kookaburra gets its name from its unique call, which sounds a lot like a laugh!
Check it out in this video:
2. The world's largest Kingfisher
The Laughing Kookaburra is actually the largest of the Kingfisher family, growing to lengths of up to 45cm. Females are usually slightly larger than males.
Laughing Kookaburras feed on insects, amphibians, crabs and reptiles, including small snakes!
4. Hollywood Influence
In the jungle scenes of many Hollywood movies (the old Tarzan movies), the calls of the Laughing Kookaburra are featured among ambient jungle sounds in Africa - despite being endemic to Australia!
5. Social circles
A pair of Laughing Kookaburras may remain in a semi-monogamous relationship while others assist with the care of the young. These assistants may be the young of a previous year who are learning how to care for their own future young.