Laughing Kookaburra

KOOKIEScientific name: Dacelo novaeguineae
Height: 450mm
Geographical distribution: Native to eastern Australia, but also been introduced to parts of New ZealandTasmania and Western Australia

Habitat: Occupies woodland territories (including forests)
Diet: Common prey include mice and similar-sized small mammals, large insects,lizards, small birds and nestlings, and most famously, snakes. Small prey are preferred, but kookaburras sometimes take large creatures, including venomous snakes much longer than their bodies. It is not uncommon for kookaburras to snatch food out of people’s hands without warning, by swooping in from a distance. People often feed them pieces of raw meat.
Status: Locally common.