The merry kookaburra's distinctive, laughing call is one of the best-loved sounds of the Australian bush. The kookaburra is a big bird with a wingspan of up to 90cm - they're the largest (and loudest) member of the kingfisher family! The kookaburra is carnivorous, preferring to snack on insects, lizards, small snakes and even the chicks of other birds.
The crafty kookaburra beats its meal against a rock or branch before tossing its head back and swallowing it in one gulp. Its plumage is just as recognisable as its laugh, with off-white on the bottom and dark brown on the top and a brown stripe sweeping back from its eyes. Its name comes from the Aboriginal guuguubarra, which sounds just like its call.