Animal Facts
Common Name:
Laughing Kookaburra
Scientific Name:
Dacelo novaeguineae
  • Territorial, their loud "laughing" call marks their territory
  • Laughing kookaburras mate for life.
  • Juveniles from the year before often help raise this year’s offspring.
14 oz
16 in
Life Span:
15 yrs
Gestation Period:
25 days
Number of Young:
2-4 eggs
  • Forest
Fun Facts:
  • Native to Australia, laughing kookaburras are the largest of all kingfishers.
  • Calling at dawn, they are known as the “bushman’s alarm clock”.
  • They will bash their prey against a perch to kill and soften it before eating.
  • Habitat Loss
Endangered Status
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)

We are currently working on getting our kookaburras to step onto our hand so we can put them into a carrier. This will be useful for weighing them and reducing stress before medical procedures.

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This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.