Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Kookaburra Couple

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I was captured by the unassuming colours of this bird contrasting so greatly with their strong personality. The explosive 'laughter' of the Laughing Kookaburras Dacelo novaeguineae, can be heard mostly before the sunrise, when it's still dark and after the sunset, just before complete darkness. It is a territorial signal. According to the Aboriginal belief, the Kookaburra's laughter every morning is a signal to the sky people to light the great fire that illuminates and warms the earth. The name 'kookaburra' apparently comes from an Aboriginal language that is now extint, the Wiradhuri from New South Wales.

Males and females are almost identical, I've been told males have blue feathers on the rump or upper-tail covert feathers. They can be very friendly especially when people feed them, but I red on the magazine called Australian Wildlife Secrets that it is not recommended to feed meat to wild birds as meat for human consumption is too rich in fat and protein for wildlife.

They hunt from the branches or from a favourite perch from which they observe the surroundings until a prey moves close. I once saw a male offering a small snake to the female, but she was not interested... According to the scientific classification, the Kookaburra belongs to the family of the King Fishers Halcyonidae but instead of living by the water, they evolved to be able to live in the drier conditions of the the bush and woodlands of Australia. 

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Until next time
All the best


  1. It's beautiful, such an atmospheric painting.

  2. Gorgeous paintings - I didn't know they were from the same family as kingfishers but can see some similarity in their shape - thank you for the info and the beautiful paintings Matteo, until next time!

  3. I enjoyed the linking of the information about kookaburras and your beautiful paintings.

  4. Another beautiful post and stunning watercolour of the Kookaburras.

  5. Wow , this painting is absolutely gorgeous Matteo!

  6. We have Belted Kingfishers in this area of the US - I can see the similarities. Very cool.

  7. Thank you Harriet, Sharon, Anne, Robyn, Paschalis and David, it is always nice to read your kind comments. M


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