Meet The Dacelo Novaeguineae aka The Laughing Jackass
My Friend Heather Blakey created her own version of the 12 Days of Christmas at her website ” Waiting for Godot “.
She featured the Kookaburra on the 1ST day and the more I looked into this fantastic creature, the more I fell in love with it! In fact, if you read her article there’s a neat project you can do involving studying animals- it’s suggested that if you study an animal a week for 52 weeks you’re going to learn a huge amount about the animal world.
I don’t know about you, but most of what I see about the animal kingdom pops up on my Facebook newsfeed so I could probably stand to broaden my horizons by A LOT. I think I’ve seen enough baby goats, Husky puppies that sound like they can speak human and cats being, well CATS to last me a life time.
So with a healthy dose of newly minted curiosity I thought I would peek around and see what I could learn about the Kookaburra for starters.
The bare bones- It is a hunter and it’s call is so unique that its used in films about the Australian bush.
I was curious about that so I went and found some recordings of the Kookaburra’s call:
Personally I thought that if you could go back in time and record dinosaurs they’d sound like the Kookaburra. Then as you finished taping a dinosaur would dive out of the sky or drop from a tree or leap from a lake and that would be the LAST thing you’d hear. But I write spooky stuff most of the times so YES I just went there.
Kookaburra’s aren’t small birds- the Laughing Kookaburra can grow to 15 inches long and they can live up to 20 years. It’s beak can grow to four inches and it is carnivorous. I mean of course it is, right?
That’s probably why their populations are stable- though I think it has a lot to do with that wicked sounding laugh. In fact, people have modified it a bit to emphasize that magnificent call