THE KOOKABURRA IS A KINGFISHER THAT IS FOUND IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW GUINEA
I learnt the Kookaburra Song as a child, and can still sing it.
The Kookaburra Song
” Kookaburra” (also known by its first line: ” Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree “) is a popular Australian nursery rhyme and round about the Kookaburra (an …en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra_(song) – Cached
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Here is a song sheet of the song
A Kookaburra laughing
Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea.
The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri (an Indigenous Australian group of central New South Wales, that is, an aborigine tribe) guuguubarra, and is onomatopoeic of its call.
Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter — good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the renowned Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii).
According to an Aboriginal legend, the kookaburra’s famous chorus of laughter every morning is a signal for the sky people to light the great fire that illuminates and warms the earth by day. The legend captures the imagination, but the true function of the familiar cacophony is to advertise the territory of this bold bird.
Kookaburras are carnivorous.
They will eat lizards, snakes, insects, mice, other small birds, and raw meat. The most social birds will accept handouts from humans and will take raw or cooked meat (even if at high temperature) from on or near open-air barbecues left unattended.
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