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KOOKABURRA

KOOKABURRADacelo novaeguineae

Conservation Status: Low Risk / Least Concern

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CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Coraciiformes

FAMILY

Alcedinidae

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General Characteristics

Color: 

Dark brown and white with blue rump and barred reddish tail

Size:

15-17 inches

Weight:

½ - 1 lb.

Average Lifespan: 

11 years

Captive Lifespan:

15 years

Distribution:

Eastern Australia

Habitat:

Eucalyptus forest and woodlands

Reproduction:

Mating: 

September – January

Gestation/Incubation:

24-29 days

Litter/Clutch Size:

1-5 eggs

Mature: 

1 year

Diet:

Snakes, lizards, rodents, insects, and other invertebrates

Behavior:

Group starts its day with loud cackling laughing chorus. They spend long periods perched and on the lookout for prey.

Teaching Facts:

1. Largest member of the kingfisher family.

2. Mate for life. Both parents help in incubation, brooding, and rearing young.

3. Nests are usually in a natural cavity.