Dacelo novaeguineae

Dacelo novaeguineae

Dacelo novaeguineae

(Laughing Kookaburra)

FAMILY

Alcedinidae

Species

Dacelo novaeguineae

Common name

Laughing Kookaburra

Main colour(s)

Brown

Distinctive feature

Voice, large bill, dark line on head ‘through eye’, size 45 cm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

Fairly common on the Townsville campus where they are often hanging around tables. Usually occur in groups, the female is recognized by the brown tail with dark brown bars, both have blue areas. Head off-white with dark brown streak at eye level extending towards the back of the head, back dark brown, wings brown with some blue, underparts off-white. Legs and feet greenish-grey, eye brown, bill large, black above, horn-coloured below.