13 April, 2012

Laughing Kookaburra

Scientific Name: Dacelo novaeguineae

Population Estimate: 65M

Range / Habitat: Endemic to Australia where found in forest and wooded waterways in the east, southwest, and Tasmania. 

Field Notes: Large white kingfisher with brown crown patch, eye patch, wings and tail. The most distinctive feature is the "laughing" call

Personal Notes: Seen initially at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Australia where we witnessed a fierce fight between two birds with a third watching (bottom photo). 

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