Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Family: Alcedinidae (Alcedinid Kingfishers, 10 species in Australia)
Size: 45 cm
Distribution: Most of Eastern Australia plus small parts of WA and NT
Status: Common
Habitat: Open forests, woodlands
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

One of the most famous of all Australian birds.

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: Australia Zoo QLD

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1870 x 2944)

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Photo: West Head, Kuring-gai Chase National Park NSW

The photo below shows a juvenile Laughing Kookaburra.

Juvenile Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Juvenile Laughing Kookaburra. Photo: WIRES, Blue Mountains NSW

Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater. This is a smaller field guide, and its advantage is it is easy to carry around. Its size is 21.3 x 11.4 x 2.8 centimetres, or 8.4 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches in the old scale. So it is a good one to get if you want to have your field guide with you out in the field. Unlike most of the field guides it also has illustrations of the eggs of all the birds that breed in Australia. It has very good reviews on Amazon.

Click here to Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $28.45 AUD (May be unavailable)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) May be expensive.

Click here to purchase from Amazon


Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler.This is known to birdwatchers as "Simpson and Day". I like the pictures in this one the best out of all the major field guides. The information is still very highly regarded compared to most of the other guides. Many serious birdwatchers think "Pizzey and Knight" (listed here) is the best though. I bought this one since I liked the pictures so much I figured (correctly) that I would spend more time looking through it. I feel that I made the right choice since I love the pictures in this one so much. I have the 6th edition, the current one is the updated version of the 8th edition, which has a different colour cover to the original 8th edition with a black cover. I'm not sure why they haven't called this the 9th edition.

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. updated version from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. original version from Amazon

See Also

Australian Bird Field Guides

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