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The kookaburra has been moved to a winter habitat and will not be viewable until summer 2021.

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 during the summer months.

Both male and female kookaburras have mostly white plumage with dark brown wings and striped reddish-brown and black tails. Kookaburras also sport dark stripes under their eyes and can have blue feathers sprinkled throughout their backs. The tops of their large bills are black and the bottoms are buff-colored.

Fun Facts

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

  • Kookaburras have long bills that can grow up to 4 inches long.

  • Kookaburra chicks are born blind and featherless.