Laughing Kookaburra


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.

Kookaburras are solitary birds which normally keep to themselves. They are territorial birds but will mate for life and nest in tree holes.

Click HERE for a Kookaburra Activity Sheet!

Our Current Resident

Sydney, Female - Hatched 2011

Sydney came to ZooMontana from a facility in Tennessee. She enjoys her travels with the Zoo's education crew and loves to laugh. See if you can get her to laugh at the Zoo!


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Alcedinidae
  • Genus: Dacelo
  • Species: Dacelo gigas

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore
  • Common
  • Scrubland / Forest
  • Diurnal

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