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Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Geographic Region: woodlands and open forests of the southern portion of western Australia

 Isn’t it Wild? The name of this bird comes from its vocalization, a repeated “kook-kook-kook-ka-ka-ka” call that rises and falls in volume as family members join in to form a raucous chorus that sounds like laughter.



Length: 2 – 3 in.

Weight: 13 – 16 oz.

Zoo Diet

mice, fish, insects

Conservation Status

Least Concern

World of Adaptations

Exhibit information

Come explore a World of Adaptations! Animals face numerous challenges in the natural world such as finding shelter and enough food, avoiding predators, and finding mates. However, they have developed adaptations that increase their chances of survival. Adaptations can be physical; the tail of the wallaby helps it balance and change direction as it hops. Adaptations can also be behavioral; gibbons vocalize in the morning to announce their presence to other animals in the area. They can also be a combination of things such as a Komodo dragon’s impressive teeth, sharp claws, and deadly venom. Come and explore a World of Adaptations and see and hear the adaptations of these fascinating creatures including Elsie, the only Komodo dragon at any zoo in New England.

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