Kookaburra – Laughing Hans
In those distant times when the alarm clocks were in huge deficit, the workers woke up in the morning with the buzz of their factories, the peasants – with the roosters crowing. But the Australian aborigines understood that a new day had come thanks to kookaburra laughter.
Actually, kookaburra is a bird from the family of kingfishers. It lives exclusively in Australia and New Guinea, and does not make long flights.
It sleeps at night and gets food as much as it can. These birds eat lizards, insects, snakes and all sorts of rodents. When there is not enough food it can steal chicks.
One hour before dawn, then – at noon and again, shortly before sunset you can hear an infernal cacophony consisting of the cries of sinners, the roar of cast iron boilers and the satanic laughter of the owners of the underworld. So, these birds are dividing the prey. Of course, the aborigines have long been used to hear their “song” and even declared kookaburra a sacred bird, and then made it a symbol of their continent along with kangaroos and platypus. Its image can be seen on postage stamps and coins.
The kookaburra sound was the call sign of Australian radio to abroad ABC Radio Australia for many years.
Their feathers are mainly dirty white, gray and brown. The body length is 45-47 cm, and the average weigh reaches 500 g.
These birds are absolutely not afraid of people. Kookaburra lives in almost all zoos of our planet.
Kookaburras are monogamous birds. If two or three chicks hatch at the same time, then they immediately begin a real war for life and parents cannot do anything about it. In the end, only one chick remains in the nest. However, everything looks different if the female hatch eggs not simultaneously, but in turn. Adolescents even will help parents in bringing up the newly born youth.