Kookaburras cranking up for a cackle

You’ve probably heard kookaburras in full voice, cackling and hooting raucously. I think the sound they make when they’re preparing for a full-voice yodel is funny and cute. It happens in particular when there’s a group of birds. They chunter at each other, perhaps in warning or perhaps companionably. They sound a bit like rusty saws in a dusty attic.

These two were in a tree high above my lounge window:

I encountered this disreputable, slightly dangerous looking character deep in the bush:

Common name: Laughing Kookaburra

Scientific name: Dacelo novaeguineae

Approximate length: 47 cm

Date spotted (second video): 26 December 2016

Season: Summer

Location (second video): Manly Dam Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’50.4″S 151°14’59.6″E


About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 2016/12/27, in Birds, Kookaburra and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. That kookaburra in the second video certainly looks mean! And it sounds like baby kookies off camera in a nearby tree in the first video. We’ve got a kookaburra family with 2 babies at our place and it’s been quite noisy at times! 🙂

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