Kookaburra - Laughing
A kookaburra lives in the one place for most of its life. It also mates for life.Laughing kookaburras establish a social system in which only the dominant male and female in a family group will breed, usually between spring and mid summer. Nests are made in tree hollows or termite mounds in trees or on the ground, where the female will lay up to 3 eggs. It takes between 24 and 29 days for the eggs to hatch. During this time, the rest of the family helps out with the incubation, feeding, and protection of the young.
The Laughing Kookaburra native to eastern Australia makes a very familiar call sounding like raucous laughter. Their call is used to establish territory among family groups, most often at dawn and dusk. One bird starts with a low, hiccuping chuckle, then throws its head back in raucous laughter. Often several others join in. If a rival tribe is within earshot and replies, the whole family soon gathers to fill the bush with ringing laughter. Hearing kookaburras in full chorus is one of the more extraordinary experiences of the Australian bush.
The laughing kookaburra is the largest kingfisher. It is a stout, stocky bird with a large head, prominent brown eyes, and a very large bill. They have a distinctive dark eye stripe. The sexes are very similar, although the female is usually larger and has less blue to the rump than the male.