Australian Animal Facts – The Kookaburra

Australian Animal Facts – The Kookaburra
  • Kookaburras use their laughing call to defend their territories and guard their mates.
  • Their laugh is one of the most familiar sounds of the Australian bush.
  • Early European settlers in Australia called them the “settlers’ clock”, because of their loud laughing choruses every morning.
  • They are common around picnic areas, where they can steal food from unguarded tables – or even right off the grill.
  • They can catch and kill snakes in the bush.
  • In urban areas they also hunt mice and rats.
  • They can live for more than 20 years and have the same mate for life.
  • Young kookaburras stay with the family for several years. Family groups of more than 6 are common.
  • Their greatest threat in suburbia is from the loss of trees due to development.

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