The Laughing Kookaburra.

The Laughing Kookaburra.


Copyright (C) by Noelene Rout 16th August 2007
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The laughing Kookaburra is a native bird of Australia. Kookaburra's are found in parts of Australia where there is plenty of water, plenty of land, plenty of bushes and trees, and a plentiful supply of food. There are many Kookaburra's along the eastern coast of Australia. The largest member of the Kookaburra family is the Kingfisher. Kookaburra's catch and eat among numerous other things, fish. The Kookaburra is a hunter, it has a long straight beak, a strong neck, and its' eyesight is keen and sensitive to movement. The Kookaburra, using its keen eyesight, patiently waits and watches for movement before it pounces on the prey. The Kingfisher sits in the branches of trees above water, and when it sees a fish, dives (swoops) down, head first into the water and picks it up in its large beak, the Kookaburra then flies back up onto a branch, where, using its strong neck, it holds the fish in its beak, and kills it by bashing its head upon the branch until the head of the fish falls off, the Kookaburra then throws the fish about in its mouth until it is in a positon whereby the Kingfisher can then, swallow it whole, or in pieces. Kookaburra's break fish into pieces as they bash them against the branches of trees. The largest Kookaburra in Australia is the blue winged variety, it is found in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The territory of the Kookaburra is about 12 acres in size, it includes, water, plenty of trees with hollow nesting areas in which to roost and shelter young, and large open areas for hunting. Kookaburra's, who are very territorial, share their territory with smaller birds. The Kookaburra's territory is permanent, so the Kookaburra's know it well.

Strangers (predators) who enter into Kookaburra territory are treated with hostility by the Kookaburra family who call out to let the stranger know that it is their territory, they then pump their tails, and fly backwards and forwards from a hollow, until the stranger, leaves their territory.

Laughing Kookaburra's.
In Australia their are large goanna lizards, who climb Australian trees, the lizards enter into the nests of the Kookaburra's and steal their eggs. The Kookaburra's sing and attack the goanna's with swooping, sometimes, to no avail. When a black kite an Australian bird of prey, enters Kookaburra territory, the Kookaburra family starts singing, and one by one, they swoop over the kite until it leaves their territory, and then, sitting in the branches of trees, the Kookaburra's raise their heads and join together in a chorus of laughing and singing.

Mating and brooding.
Kookaburra's live in families. Kookaburra chicks are raised by their families. Kookaburra's breed in the Australian spring which is during the months of September, October, and November. Kookaburra's pair off for the aproximate, twenty years of their lives.

During courtship, and before mating, Kookaburra's perfom a feeding ritual, the male gives the female the extra nourishment she requires to produce the eggs by feeding her. The female patiently waits for her male to feed her, but he will not give her the food that he is holding in his beak until she sings the begging cry. The begging cry encourages him to give her the food.

Kookaburra's spend several weeks searching different hollows for a suitable nest. The male will do up an old nest, or he will use his beak to hollow out a nest in a termite mound, or, within the trunk of a tree, while the encouraging female calls to him as she watches from a nearby branch. Kookaburra's build nests in different places, but they like a hollow with a perch and a comfortably sized hole. When the female accepts a nest, the pair will work to complete that nest.

Late in spring or early November, the female lays her eggs in the hollow, where they are incubated by the Kookaburra family for about four weeks. Bonds are strengthened between families who help to incubate and raise their young. There is a better rate of survival for young with many helpers.

Nearing the end of November or early in summer (December) the Kookaburra's start calling to the chicks within the eggs, and the Kookaburra's try to feed them. Shortly thereafter blind and squeaking featherless chicks, peck themselves free from the eggs, and the soft calls of waiting Kookaburra's encourage the chicks to raise their heads for food. Kookaburra eggs are laid separately and they hatch a day apart. The second hatchling is aggressively pecked for a short period of time by the first hatchling until he gets used to sharing his nest.

Kookaburra chicks begin to develop adult feathers a few days after they hatch, their eyes open after about three weeks, by which time, their bodies have a covering of feathers, their later, fully plumed feathers will be replaced after about a year, during the juvenile moult. Many Kookaburra's help to feed the chicks who are totally dependent upon them for the first few months of their lives, which gives the parents time to find food for themselves, as well as for the chicks. Chicks stimulate the adults to feed them by begging. The oldest chick has the loudest call, so he gets the food first. Younger chicks die of starvation when there is a scarcity of food.

Many Kookaburra chicks are eaten by goanna lizards who steal them from their nests. Distressed Kookaburra's call out, and even a brooding bird will leave its nest to join the family of Kookaburra's, who, swoop down one by one, and fly off into the air, after repeatedly harassing and attacking a thieving lizard with pecks until it runs away or falls to the ground from the tree, after which, the Kookaburra's laugh and sing together in the trees.

"Kookaburra's Laughing"

Chick Food.
The diet of the chicks is varied, with many types of food on the menu, such as: insects, centipedes, small lizards, frogs, snakes, small birds, mantis, mice, skinks, fish, freshwater yabbies, and other forest floor animals, all of which are offered to the chicks by the hunting birds.

At about five weeks of age Kookaburra chicks with short tails and long beaks sit at the entrance of their hollowed out nests squawking loudly as they are being fed.

At about six weeks of age adult Kookaburra's with food in their beaks start calling and tempting the chicks to leave their by now, maggot infested nests. The young who have not learned to fly, are coaxed out of the nest by a chorus of singing Kookaburra's as they attempt to fly to the sheltered branches of nearby trees. The young Kookaburra's are then taught to fly correctly by an adult bird who withholds food in its mouth and dances about on a branch in front of the young and hungry begging bird. The fledglings, who are vulnerable to predators, are then taken to thicker and more protective areas of the forest where they learn to adjust to their new way of life. Young Kookaburra's freeze in the trees as predatory birds fly above them. Fledglings are taught to sing and laugh by the Kookaburra's who repeatedly sing and laugh before them, in an effort to teach them to sing.

Young Kookaburra's learn to catch and kill fish by watching other Kookaburra's swooping down into the water from trees, picking up fish with their beaks, they watch the birds carry the fish up into the trees where they bash their heads on the branches. The fledglings first attempts are clumsy, they flop into the water, and they land on their heads, and with wings outspread they are turned upside down. Those fledglings who learn to fish and hunt, and who survive their first year of life are likely to survive their expected twenty years.

Kookaburra's usually call early in the morning and at night.

Kookaburra's are also found in New Zealand and New Guinea.

A bible study about, kookaburra's.
Birds live on mountains. Psa 50:11 There are Kookaburra's in the mountains and hills of Australia.
Birds live beside springs of water. Psa 104:10,12 Kookaburra's live near water.
Birds live in the branches of trees that grow beside springs of water. Psa 104:10,12 Kookaburra's live in trees beside springs of water.
Birds (Kookaburra's) sing and laugh in the branches of trees in valleys and hills beside water. Psalm 104:10,12
Birds are covered with feathers. 5775 Kookaburra's have feathers.
Birds are covered with (have wings). 5775 Deut 32:11 Kookaburra's have wings.
Birds fly. 5775..4071..Isa 31:5..Matt 8:20..Matt 13:32..Lke 9:58 Kookaburra's fly.
Birds fly in the air. Matt 8:20..Lke 9:58 Kookaburra's fly in the air.
Birds (kookaburra's) spread their wings and fly through the air. Deuteronomy 32:11..Matt 8:20..Lke 9:58
Birds (flee, fly) away. Hos 9:11 Kookaburra's fly away.

Birds hunt animals. Lam 3:52 Kookaburra's hunt prey.
Birds chase animals. Lam 3:52 Kookaburra's watch the prey until it moves and then they chase (fly in) to catch it.
Birds catch animals. Lam 3:52 Kookaburra's catch small animals.
Birds lie in wait. Lam 3:52 Kookaburra's lie in wait.

Birds (kookaburra's) build nests. Deut 22:6..Psa 104:16,17..7077..Jer 48:28 with 7077..Isa 34:15..7064..Gen 6:14..Job 39:27..Ezek 31:6
Birds build nests in trees. Deut 22:6..Psa 104:16,17 Kookaburra's build nests in trees.
Birds build nests (in the shade..6738..Ezek 31:6..of bright green foliage..6288..Ezke 31:6) in the twigs, sprigs, limbs, branches and boughs of trees. Ezek 31:6 Kookaburra's build nests in the shade of trees.
Birds build nests/ in boughs. Ezek 31:6 Kookaburra's build nests in hollows that are found in the boughs and trunks of trees.

Birds dwell in the boughs of trees. Dan 4:10-12 Kookaburra's live in trees.
Birds (kookaburra's) live (lodge) on the twigs, boughs, and branches /of shady of trees. Lke 13:19..Mk 4:32

Birds perch. 2682.. Matt 8:20..Lke 9:58 Kookaburra's sit on the twigs, branches and boughs of trees. Kookaburra's like a twig, branch or bough (perch) at the entrance of their nest.

Birds camp down (rest) in the twigs, boughs and branches of trees. 2798 with Matt 13:32 Kookaburra's rest in trees.

Birds have mates. 7468 Isa 34:15 Kookaburra's pick mates.
Birds (doves) mate with their mates. 3123 Jer 48:28 Kookaburra's mate.

Birds lay eggs. Psalm 84:3 Kookaburra's lay eggs.
Birds (owls Isa 34:15 snakes? 7091) lay smooth and slippery eggs. Isa 34:15 Kookaburra's lay smooth and slippery eggs.
Birds lay clutches of eggs. Isa 34:15..1000..Deut 22:6 Kookaburra's usually lay two or three eggs.
The shell of an egg is usually white. 1000
An egg is made of a shell which contains a transparent substance and a yellow yolk. The egg of a Kookaburra contains a transparent substance and a yolk..Crack open an egg to find the yellow yolk.
Some birds refuse, forsake, leave, abandon, (relinquish) their eggs. 5800..Job 39:14..Birds lose eggs during heavy rain and flooding.

Birds (owls) nestle in their nests. Psa 104:17 & 7077..Isa 34:15 Kookaburra's nestle in their nests.
Birds crouch, fold their legs, fall (lie) down, sit, recline, repose, brood, rest upon their eggs. 7257.. Kookaburra's fold their legs and sit upon their eggs.
Mother birds and sometimes father birds sit on eggs. 517 & 1 Deut 22:6 Male and female Kookaburra's sit upon the eggs.
Birds imbed their eggs and nestlings in their feathers. 7257 The feathers of the Kookaburra keep the eggs and the chick birds warm.
Birds brood over their eggs, and young. 1716..Isa 34:15 Kookaburra's brood over their eggs and young.
Bird (pigeons & eagles Deut 32:11) relax as they sit upon their eggs (young, nestlings). Deut 32:11 Kookaburra's relax /as they sit upon their eggs.

A mother bird is called a dam. 517 Deut 22:6 A mother kookaburra is a dam.

Birds hatch. Hos 9:11 Kookaburra's hatch.
Young birds hatch (burst) out of eggs. 667 & Isa 34:15..1234 Kookaburra chicks hatch out of eggs.
Young birds burst out of shells.667 Psalm 84:3 Kookaburra chicks hatch (burst) out of their eggs that have been kept warm (incubated) by their parents for about four weeks.
Birds that hatch from a clutch of eggs are called a brood. Broods of kookaburra's hatch from eggs.

A young bird (kookaburra) is called a nestling. 7064 Deut 22:6
A birdling (young kookaburra) is a chicken. 3556
Hens (kookaburra's) have broods of chickens 3555
Birds and their nestlings dwell in nests. 7064 Kookaburra's and their chicks live in nests.
Hens (kookaburra's) gather their chickens under their feathered wings. Lke 13:34
Young owls (birds) sit under the shadows of their parents. Isa 34:15..6738 Kookaburra chicks sit beneath the shade of parent birds.

Egg shells can be broken into pieces. Isa 34:15..1234 The shells of Kookaburra eggs can be broken into pieces.

A nestling (bird that is too young to leave the nest) is comparitively nude of feathers. 1469 Kookaburra chicks are featherless when they hatch.
Birds have feathers. 3671 of Ezek 39:17..4420..Matthew 23:37 Kookaburra chics begin to develop feathers at about three weeks of age.

Birds (kookaburra's) are devoured by animals. 2966 Ezek 44:31 Goanna lizards climb Australian trees in search of Kookaburra eggs and kookaburra chics.

Birds (kookaburra's) experience anxiety, fear and terror. 2729 Hos 11:11 Kookaburra's get distressed.
Birds (kookaburra's) shudder, tremble, shake with anxiety, fear, and terror. 2729 Hos 11:11Kookaburra's get distressed when kites, and goanna lizards come to steal their eggs and or chicks.

Birds eat the flesh of man and animals. 6297 of Gen 15:11 Kookaburra's catch and eat fish and other living insects and small animals.

Some birds (kookaburra's) swoop down into water to catch prey (fish). 7994 Lev 11:17..Deut 14:17 Kookaburra's are also called, Kingfisher's.

Birds circle. 5861 with 5439 Jer 12:9 Predatory birds hover in the sky looking for prey (Kookaburra chicks).

Birds flee. 5074 Jer 4:25 Kites flee out of Kookaburra territory when they are warned by the Kookaburra's.

Birds forsake, leave, (give up) their nests. 7971 Kookaburra birds are coaxed out of their nests at about six weeks of age.
Birds depart (flee) from their nests. 5074 The young Kookaburra chick flies away from its nest.

Birds sing. Psalm 104:12 Kookaburra's sing and laugh as their chicks fly away from their nests.

You can learn things by watching birds. Job 12:7 Young Kookaburra chicks learn to hunt, and fish, and sing by watching, and listening to parent birds.

Kookaburra's are friendly birds around people, and if you give one a piece of meat to eat it will bash it against a branch before it swallows it.

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"Kookaburra's Laughing"

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