• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Alcedinidae
  • Genus: Dacelo
  • Species: Dacelo gigas
  • Native to the eucalyptus forests of Eastern Australia, the Laughing Kookaburra is the largest member of the Kingfisher family.
  • They are very well known both as a symbol of Australia and as the inspirational “merry, merry king of the bush” from the children’s song.
  • Kookaburra are solitary birds which normally keep to themselves.  They are territorial birds, but will mate for life and nest in tree holes.