Zoo Animals


Laughing kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

At the Detroit Zoo
Also known as the giant kingfisher, the kookaburra can be found in the aviary between the Japanese macaque and rhino habitats.

Both the male and female kookaburra have mostly white plumage with dark brown wings and a striped reddish-brown and black tail. The kookaburra also sports dark stripes under the eyes and can have blue feathers sprinkled throughout its back. The top of its large bill is black and the bottom is buff-colored.

Fun Facts

  • The kookaburra’s laugh, which it uses to mark its territory, is a common sound effect in movies with jungle scenes, despite kookaburras being native to Australian forests.

  • The kookaburra has a long bill that can grow up to 4 inches long.

  • Kookaburra chicks are born blind and featherless.