Aww!
Baby kookaburra shows off his adorable signature ‘laugh’
He thinks he's hilarious.
D.G. Sciortino
04.28.22

We’ve all heard about the kookaburra that sings in the old gum tree, eating gumdrops and laughing to his heart’s delight.

Laugh, kookaburra, laugh, how gay his life must be!

But have you ever seen a kookaburra? If you have, you’ll know that they’re easily one of the cutest freaking creatures you’ve ever seen in your life.

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The second thing kookaburras are known for, besides their cuteness, is their laugh.

In fact, the eastern Australian birds are also known as “laughing kookaburra.”

That’s because their call sounds like hysterical laughter. Which, in turn, makes them even more adorable as woodland birds that giggle.

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You might question their cuteness once you know what they eat.

Kookaburras, who can reach lengths of 17 inches and have a 3 to 4-inch beak, are known to eat invertebrates and small vertebrates, like venomous snakes. They’re also have been known to attack chickens and ducklings.

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The kookaburra’s laughing call can be heard in the early mornings just as the sun comes up.

Kookaburras are of the kingfisher or Alcedinidae family of birds.

The related blue-winged kookaburra can be found in northern Australia. This kind of kookaburra, however, doesn’t have its signature laugh.

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But you can hear that kind of laugh quite often in backyards in Bunya, Queensland.

One landowner posted a video of a kookaburra born on his property.

The video of the fuzzy-headed little kookaburra ended up being viewed over 3.6 million times.

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“I live on acreage and have many native birds on my property. We have just been inundated by floods and the birds have been needing extra care during this time. I’m also studying to be a licensed wildlife caregiver. ‘Baby’ or ‘Waddles’ is the first juvenile to be born to the kookaburras on my property,” the landowner wrote in the caption of the video.

The landowner also offered some facts about the kookaburra.

“Kookaburras are monogamous and the whole family will pitch in to feed the young ones. They are an amazing Australian bird,” they wrote. Not only do they have their signature ‘laugh’ but they chortle amongst each other as well. They have the ability to recognize human faces.”

Science Daily found that “some birds may know who their human friends are, as they are able to recognize people’s faces and differentiate between human voices.”

Spending too much time watching videos of kookaburras laughing on the internet would still be time well spent. They are adorable and hilarious.

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“OMG, it looks like a Pokémon! It’s so freaking adorable,” wrote one YouTube commenter.

“I have never in my life even considered that Kookaburras ever had baby stages, yet I have positively GRACED by the presence of this fluffy ball today,” said another.

“Glory to God for this, his very so much beautiful creation,” and another.

What a beautiful baby bird. Never have seen anything like it before. He’s so fluffy! Beautiful,” said another.

Check out all the cuteness in the video below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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