brown streak through eye; very large two-toned bill (Australia; 2006-06-20)

Laughing Kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: kookaburras are basically large kingfishers, but they typically hunt lizards and other terrestrial prey rather than fish; this species is notorious for its loud laughing call, from which its common name is derived; no sexual dimorphism.

dorsal view; black bars on rufous tail; brown wings (Australia; 2006-06-20)

white underparts; blue patch on shoulder (Australia; 2006-06-20)

contented couple (Australia; 2006-06-20)

often perches still for long periods of time (Australia; 2006-06-20)