Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
[ Site Map ] [
Rainforest Search Engine ]
Home ] Up ] Next ]


Photo: Graeme Guy
Wet Tropics Rainforest Life

Dacelo novaeguineae 43 cm

  • The Laughing Kookaburra is endemic to the forests and woodlands of eastern Australia. 

  • Because of its loud calls and large size it is one of Australia’s most familiar birds.

  • Early in the morning, as the local kookaburra gang rouses us with their own particular salute to the sun, they are telling all other kookaburras within earshot that they have a territory and that they are ready to defend it. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency)

  • Differences from Blue-winged Kookaburra include: brownish crown, dark streak through eye and dark eye.

  • It is the world’s largest kingfisher.

  • The territorial call can be described as raucous ‘laughter’.

  • They spend most of the day on high branches or posts overlooking rainforest clearings or disturbed agricultural areas where they swoop on small snakes, lizards or frogs.

  • Young kookaburras continue to live at home for about four years. During this time their parents put them to good use; young laughing kookaburras perform about a third of incubation and brooding duties for the next generation and supply the nestlings with over half of their food.

  • A family of seven Kookaburras regularly visits Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge  and entertains the guests with a chorus of laughter before they come down onto the lodge railings to accept meat scraps.

Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

  • The ‘Laughing Kookaburra’ is found in the Daintree region and it can often be seen sitting in a perch in or on the edge of the forest, and sometimes seen on the Bloomfield track or around Daintree village.

  • The strong heads and beaks are also useful for when they may build their nests, for they are often excavated out of arboreal termite nests. The breeding pairs will often take turns flying hard at the nest, cracking another dent in the hard exterior. They continue until they have dug a hole for the female to lay eggs and raise the chicks within.
    Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Additional Laughing Kookaburra photosAdditional Laughing Kookaburra photos 2
Additional Laughing Kookaburra photos 3 


Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tablelands
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
PH & Fax: 07 4095 3754 International: 61 7 4095 3754

Book Online Now

A great Australian rainforest experience

Click Here To Send An Email

[Accommodation ]
[One Bedroom Lodge] [Five Bedroom Lodge] [Guest Lounge
[Directions] [Bookings] [Weather] [Search Engines]
Birdwatching Opportunities at The Chambers] [Bushwalking Opportunities at The Chambers]
[Rainforest Environment Surrounding The Chambers] [Nocturnal Animals at The Chambers]
Atherton Tableland Natural Attractions You Can See During Your Stay at The Chambers]
[Travel Information for Australia]
[ Tour Group Photos ]

All content, layout and design in this website
are protected by copyright 1998-2017 John Chambers.