Scientific Name: Dacelo novaeguineae
Habitat: open forest areas
Diet: rodents, frogs, reptiles, insects, worms, snails
Life span: 15 years average (20 years in captivity)
Young: 2–4 eggs/clutch
Size: 350 g (0.7 lbs)
Kookaburras take their name from their distinctive laughing call, which defines their territory to other birds.
They perch in trees to hunt and caught prey is beaten against a branch to kill and tenderize it.
Kookaburras mate for life. Birds from previous clutches remain to help raise new young.
Kookaburras are beneficial because they help to keep insect populations down.
They are the largest member of the kingfisher family.
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