Are kookaburras screaming or laughing?

Largest members of the kingfisher family, there are actually two species of kookaburras in Australia. The Laughing Kookaburra of eastern Australia makes a very familiar call sounding like raucous laughter.  They are also established in south-west Australia and Tasmania after being introduced there around 100 years ago.  The Blue-winged Kookaburra of northern Australia makes a call described more like a harsh, cackling scream!

Here are some of our favourite Kookaburra photos.

Laughing Kookaburra
Blue-winged Kookaburra

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