Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ever hear a Kookaburra?

No? Well you are going to be surprised how loud he is!

Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers of the genus Dacelo native to Australia and New Guinea, which grow to between 28–42 cm (11–17 in) in length. The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarraonomatopoeic of its call. The loud distinctive call of the Laughing Kookaburra is widely used as a stock sound effect in situations that involve a jungle setting.
They are found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, as well as in suburban areas with tall trees or near running water. Even though they belong to the larger group known as "kingfishers", kookaburras are not closely associated with water
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Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gumdrops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra
Leave some there for me.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra,
That's no monkey, that's me.

I remember singing this song when I was a Girl Scout over 60 years ago!



  1. Up where I live when we hear the Kookaburra call it means rain in the next 24 hours. And they truly are LOUD.

    1. Would LOVE to see one! Made me laugh! :o)

  2. I've seen and heard them,
    won't say what it sounds like to me... lol

    1. VERY loud for such a small bird-- and just what it sound like to you, eh? LOL! :o)