The Australian Kookaburra owes its colloquial name to the aboriginal word ‘guuguubarra’, and it’s the bird’s early morning call that has led to its alternative name of ‘Laughing Jackass.’ This familiar sound of the bush, according to an aboriginal legend, reminds the mythical people of the sky that it’s time to light the fires of the sun to illuminate and warm the earth. It’s an appealing yarn, but there’s a more down to earth interpretation of the varied calls of this iconic bird, for each has a specific meaning, with some proclaiming the bird’s territory, while others alert its mates to danger, let them know that there’s food on offer, or announce that someone’s on the lookout for a mate. READ MORE about the iconic Australian Kookaburra.
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