no laughing

kookaburra sits

just watching

The Laughing Kookaburra is a large kingfisher. They are renowned for catching and eating snakes and other reptiles as well as other bird fledglings. They have a loud and slightly chilling call that sounds like a mad person cackling, hence the name. They are quite fearless of people , security coming from being near the top of the food chain. This bird was sitting beside a walking track in the national park I took early one morning. I suspect it was watching for breakfast.

17 thoughts on “kookaburra

  1. Nice to actually see a kookaburra — I only know them from a song learned as a child: ‘Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree, merry merry king of the woods is he, laugh kookaburra laugh kookaburra, how gay your life must be’ (words could be a bit off but the gyst is there :))


      1. Just did a check for the words of the Kookaburra song — first version that came up was pretty much the same except it said king of the bush not woods. We sang that song in rounds in grade school without ever seeing a picture of the bird. Your picture suggests the presence that you mentioned.


          1. Thanks for the cute video! They didn’t use my favourite line though: ‘Laugh kookaburra , Laugh kookaburra.’ I think grade school songbooks purposely featured an international collection of songs. I could be wrong, but I don’t think our version of the words mentioned gumdrops. Being food oriented I believe I would remember that 🙂


          2. Thanks for the cute video. The version is quite different from the one we learned. My favourite line was ‘laugh kookaburra laugh kookaburra’ — since we sang it as a round I believe we were given only one verse which was repeated. The tune is the same 🙂 our grade school songbooks featured songs from all over the world.


    1. They really are fearless and strong. many years ago we were travelling at 100 KPH on a country road and one flew into our car. WE stopped and my wife went back to put the dead bird off the road. To our amazement it blinked so she put it into the back seat. We decide to look for a vet in the next town. 15 minutes later the bird was sitting between our seats looking out the window. WE left it at a vet and when we rang 2 days later they said it had been concussed and was fully recovered. They released back to the wild.


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