Some more Birds from Australia

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surve Forum Member • Posts: 68
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MelbourneMatt Junior Member • Posts: 39
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It's a Kookaburra (Aussie relative to a kingfisher I believe).

Jumbuk Regular Member • Posts: 380
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dane dawg wrote:

What type of birds are these?

Kookaburra.

brandrx Forum Pro • Posts: 28,337
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Hi surve,

WOW! That's quite the beak on that second one. What the heck do they eat? How big is that bird? Very interesting looking critter IMO. Thanks for showing.

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Ron

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Jumbuk Regular Member • Posts: 380
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brandrx wrote:

WOW! That's quite the beak on that second one. What the heck do they eat? How big is that bird? Very interesting looking critter IMO. Thanks for showing.

They eat snakes, lizards, mice etc.  Here's the Wiki:

Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. They are large to very large, with a total length of 28–42 cm (11–17 in). The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, and isonomatopoeic of its call. The single member of the genus Clytoceyx, though commonly referred to as the Shovel-billed Kookaburra, is not treated in this article.

Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter – good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the renowned Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). They are generally not closely associated with water, and can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, but also in suburban and residential areas with tall trees or near running water and where food can be searched for easily.

The laughing call is exactly what it sounds like.  We have several in the bush near us, and when they all start cackling you can hear them for miles.

Greyser Veteran Member • Posts: 5,385
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That's quite a beak! Thanks for posting. Great shot!

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