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Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

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One of the best-known Australian animals, the raucous ‘laugh’ of a kookaburra echoing through the bush is an iconic sound of the Australian landscape. With a distinctive brown eye-stripe and barred markings along its wings and tail feathers, this stout bird blends easily into the bush – well-adapted for hunting its prey of insects, small lizards and snakes.

Nesting in branches or tree-dwelling termite mounds, the female kookaburra will lay up to 3 eggs, and the incubation and protection of the young is a family affair. They are believed to mate for life. Adolescent birds stay within the family group for up to 4 years, and every bird in the group cares for the young.

Animal facts

Common name
Laughing kookaburra
Scientific name
Dacelo novaeguineae
Conservation status in NSW

Parks in which this animal is found