The Kookaburras Laughed at Me

@JudyEv (107579)
Bunbury, Australia
March 15, 2016 3:54am CST
I commented on a post this morning written by @Lucky15 about the sights, sounds and smells that are always present in the mornings. When I stepped outside this morning I heard some kookaburras calling. They do this to establish their territory. There are four species of kookaburra. All belong to the Dacelo genus. They are also called the laughing jackass as they make a sound similar to a human laugh, which is very distinctive and far-reaching. Kookaburras are the largest of the kingfisher family and native to Australia and New Guinea. They are carnivorous and not afraid to tackle snakes and lizards. They fly into a tree and drop the snake or lizard repeatedly until the spine is broken. They are relatively easy to tame and soon learn to come for food. In camping grounds, they can become a nuisance once they lose their fear of humans. They are adept at swooping on a barbecue and removing the juiciest steak. The link will take you to a recording of the kookaburra's laugh.
This kookaburra is actually laughing, it is hilarious.
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@allknowing (58044)
• India
15 Mar 16
I remembered the song we used to sing on the Kookuburra
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Mar 16
This is exactly what went through my head when I read Judy's title!
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@allknowing (58044)
• India
15 Mar 16
@Platespinner When I had visited Australia and saw them on the tree I sang away (lol)
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
@Platespinner @allknowing It seems everyone in every country learnt this song while they were at school. I've noticed before if the song is mentioned, many people remember learning it.
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@owlwings (38400)
• Cambridge, England
15 Mar 16
It sounds as if the aboriginal name - gugubarra - is onomatopoeic. Might it mean 'bird that says gugu'? (The Greek word for owl - Tyto - is the same. It is equivalent to what a child might call it - 'Twit-woo'!) Mention of the Kookaburra reminds me of a round we used to sing as kids: Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, Merry, merry king of the bush is he, Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra Gay your life must be.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
According to the article I wrote on Infobarrel about the kookaburra, the common name comes from the Wiradjuri aboriginal group who used the term 'guuguubarra' to describe the sound of its call. It seems the kookaburra song was learnt in every school in every country. I don't think I've come across anyone yet who didn't learn it at school.
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@Platespinner (19306)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Mar 16
Thanks for the link. I've known the Kookaburra Sits... song since I was a child, but I never really had either an image or an actual sound attached to the name!
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
Everyone seems to know the song. They are quite a big bird. The spangled kookaburra is very pretty. Here's a photo. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons, author Doug Janson.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv Gorgeous wing colours!
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@Lucky15 (33731)
• Philippines
15 Mar 16
Aww. There.goes the cutie bird. And... why same.laugh as i laugh
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
It does sound like laughter doesn't it?
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@Lucky15 (33731)
• Philippines
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv it does ma'am. Like one crazy laugh
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@jaboUK (51988)
• United Kingdom
15 Mar 16
It really does sound like laughing doesn't it? I didn't realise that they were a type of kingfisher.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
They are quite big. They were introduced to our state from the east and are inclined to harass our little native birds although it all seems to have balanced out now.
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• United States
15 Mar 16
I could use a bird that eats snakes....
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
Apparently they are very careful about how they tackle the poisonous ones.
• United States
16 Mar 16
@JudyEv I would hope so.
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@PainsOnSlate (19771)
• Canada
15 Mar 16
I have never seen one but as a child there was a song we sang about them. I see its been added already.
Watch Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree Original Song with the lyrics on screen to sing-along to the famous Australian tune. :) “Kookaburra” or "Kookaburra...
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
So many people learnt this at school. I wonder why that was? I guess it was a catchy song and a bit interesting perhaps.
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• Canada
16 Mar 16
@JudyEv probabley one of those songs that taught you a lot of things at once, diction, new words, tempo, who knows but we sang it a lot!
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• Philippines
15 Mar 16
I wonder what would happen if you put this right next to a monkey's cage.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
I can't imagine. Maybe the monkeys would get very annoyed thinking they were being laughed at.
@teamfreak16 (37828)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Mar 16
Interesting. I've learned a lot of interesting facts since I joined here a month ago.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
I didn't realise there was so much I didn't know! I'm not nearly as smart as I thought I was.
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@gudheart (12775)
15 Mar 16
LOL love it! The laugh is contagious makes us laugh with it.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
Yes, it is hard not to laugh with it - or at least smile.
@simone10 (22232)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Mar 16
How cool! I haven't heard them laugh before but I did know that they laughed.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
The 'laugh' is quite realistic isn't it?
@garymarsh6 (12587)
• United Kingdom
15 Mar 16
I like the sound of the Kookaburra but then it is not that we would hear it every day here!
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
Once one starts the others usually join in. There were will be a pair and the offspring who frequent a 'territory' for a while.
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@rakski (2889)
• Philippines
15 Mar 16
oh wow, I only heard of this before. I am glad to come across this post as I learned about this species which I thought as a kid just a myth or some story.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
No, they are very real! :)
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@TRBRocks420 (66440)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Mar 16
Very informative post and, I wouldn't want to be a snake right now lol, also funny laugh.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
I thought I had a photo of it but it's disappeared and now I'm not sure if it was ever there.
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• United States
16 Mar 16
I love them and you are so blessed to see them Judy. I have seen them on the telly sometime as I recall. Fascinating creatures.
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
They can become quite tame to the point of being a nuisance.
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• United States
16 Mar 16
@JudyEv Oh...oh oh
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Mar 16
@TiarasOceanView It's a shame, isn't it, but a common problem with many wild creatures. Once they lose their fear of man, they can be quite dangerous.
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@Ronrybs (6938)
• London, England
15 Mar 16
I had read that in the old black and white Tarzan films, it was a loolaburra they used for sound jungle sound effects. They were right!
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
I didn't know that but it would work well.
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@Ronrybs (6938)
• London, England
16 Mar 16
@JudyEv Or maybe Tarzan was actually wandering around Oz!
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
@Ronrybs Could be!
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
15 Mar 16
think I heard that name, kookaburra, in a kids song once but I didnt know what they were
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
It seems everyone nearly who has commented has learnt the kids' song.
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• Centralia, Missouri
16 Mar 16
@JudyEv I cant remember the kids song, just that line and that it was at a daycare lol!
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@BelleStarr (34800)
• Portland, Connecticut
16 Mar 16
That is a great laugh, it made me want to laugh myself!! lol
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
It's quite human-like isn't it?
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@antonbunot (9521)
• Calgary, Alberta
15 Mar 16
Beautiful bird. Looks like a kingfisher!
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
It does, doesn't it? It belongs to the kingfisher family.
@Corbin5 (88550)
• United States
15 Mar 16
Memory from the past. As kids we sang a song about the kookaburra. "Kookaburra lives in the old gum tree, merry, merry king of the bush is he...." I think I can sing the whole thing!
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@JudyEv (107579)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
Members from UK and USA all seem to have learnt this song - and remembered the words!