- 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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