Laugh Kookaburra, Laugh kookaburra
If you are an Australian or holidaying on the East Coast of Australia; you would have heard the iconic kookaburra and their ‘bushman clock’ dawn alarm call, usually one of the first birds to wake up (and a reference to the aboriginal legend where the kookaburra chorus is described as a signal for the sky people to light the great fire that illuminates and warms the earth by day). Their ‘laugh’ is loud, heard over long distances and can be heard at any time of day (more often it is at dawn or at dusk, with some locals believing rain is on its way if they ‘laugh’ during the day). A friend once described Laughing kookaburras in a tree outside her bedroom window as ‘fighting monkies’, which is not too far off the sound if you have heard the manic human laughter-like call of a Laughing kookaburra. It might surprise you to know at least 2 birds are required to make the famed kookaburra song. One bird starts with a low hiccupping chuckle, then the bird throws its head back in raucous laughter before several others join in, at different times, making the volume rise and fall. Kookaburras have a range of calls that they use; from cackles, chuckles and squawks to chucks and croons.
Kookaburras nest in tree hollows and branches and have the same mate for life. Usually, a pair of breeding Kookaburra’s is accompanied by up to five fully grown offspring from previous years which help their parents protect their territory and raise the chicks. When the young birds start learning to fly, the group continue to feed them for up to ten weeks until they can forage for themselves.
Two of the four species of kookaburras (terrestrial tree kingfishers) are found around the Bendles cottages in Maleny: the Blue-Winged kookaburra (usually found in the moister parts of northern Australia, including the Top End and as far south as Broome on the west coast and Brisbane on the east) and the Laughing kookaburra (usually found all along the east coast from the Eyre Peninsula to Cape York, southwest of Geraldton on the west coast and Hopetoun on the south coast, westwards from Victoria to the Yorke Peninsula, Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Islands.
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