Day 39… A laughing bird

Day #39 (7/11/2014) Laughing Kookaburra
We’ve had such a great time exploring Australia and finding the monotremes! As we were watching the echidna dig around looking for grubs we heard a very famous bird call! We listened to hear that laugh again… we knew it- it was a kookaburra! We were so excited when we spotted him in the trees that we began to call back to him!

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Their range/habitat: Australia-New Zealand/
Their length/weight: 18″/ 7-16 oz Conservation Status: common
Their diet: Carnivores– insects, reptiles, frogs

kookaburra

• The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest member of the kingfisher family.
• They mate for life.
• Laughing kookaburras have long hooked bills to help them catch prey.
•Laughing kookaburras sit on branches and swoop down to catch prey.
• They are known for their “laughing” songs.
• Here’s a laughing kookaburra’s song.

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We had such an amazing trip down under! This island always amazes us when we visit! The animals, the people and the grass is super yummy :)! Time to pack up the trunk and head back to HQs at the University! Professor Tamandua will have a new Science word for everyone!

-Ellie and Edmond

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