Kookaburras of the Kingfisher Family
The Kookaburra belongs to the Kingfisher family of birds. It lives primarily in eucalyptus forests in Australia and Papua Guinea. Kookaburras are very notorious for their scary laughing sound.
Commonly Asked Questions about the Kookaburra
Here are some commonly asked questions about Kookaburras:
How huge or small are kookaburras?
Kookaburras can grow from 28 cm (11 in) to 42 cm (17 in) in length.
Where did the word kookaburra came from?
Kookaburra came from the Wiradyuri word “guguburra” which means laughing jackass.
What do kookaburras eat?
Kookaburras are carnivorous birds. They eat insects, mice, reptiles, and other smaller birds. But unlike other kingfishers, kookaburra birds seldom eat fish.
A Popular Pop Culture Symbol
Because of its unique kind of sound which mimics a crazy laugh, the kookaburra has been in many popular media. Its laughing sound is widely used by many film makers as a sound effect. There’s an Australian kids’ show that features a character named Kookaburra (nicknamed Kook).
The kookaburra is so popular with children that there are tons of toys modelled after this magnificent bird – and you can find them here at Mr Toys Toyworld!