Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Weight:13–16 oz
Geographic Distribution:Native to eastern Australia; introduced into southwestern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand
Habitat:Open forest and woodlands, urban parks, and gardens
Wild Diet:Snakes, rodents, frogs, insects, and small birds
Zoo Diet:Small rodents
Status in the Wild:Least Concern

The laughing kookaburra is the largest kingfisher. Their forehead, crown, and prominent eye-streaks are dark brown. The back and wings are brown. Their tail is barred with a white band. Males have a blue rump patch, while females have a brown rump patch. The bill is heavy, and black on top and cream-colored on the bottom.