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Kookaburras are a member of the kingfisher family living in Australia. They are also known as the laughing jackass. There are two species of kookaburras; the laughing kookaburra and the blue winged kookaburra. They are stocky birds and grow to 17 inches long with large heads and beaks.

The laughing kookaburra's plumage is mainly white with black and brown on its wings and tail. Their call-sounds are like demented laughter to mark their territory. They eat reptiles, small mammals, young birds, insects, grubs, food scraps and they don't mind eating frogs or catching the odd fish. They nest in holes of trees or termite mounds and their eggs are white.

Kookaburras are the world's largest kingfishers. They have a very strong beak and mainly inhabit temperate to hot regions. Kookaburras are a friendly bird. They are naturally found in East and South Australia but were introduced into Western Australia and Tasmania.



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