Home of the Tree Kingfisher

We have two families of kingfishers in Australia, the Alcedinidae, which includes the tiny and spectacular Azure Kingfisher (a rare visitor to these parts) and the Halcyonidae or Tree Kingfishers. Both the Sacred Kingfisher and Laughing Kookaburra belong to the Halcyonidae. While I look forward every spring to the return of the glorious Sacred Kingfishers, Laughing Kookaburras are ever-present – hearing their raucous laughter is one of the joys of living in the Australian bush.

This pair has taken up residence near one of the veteran River Red-gums on the Loddon. I expect they will use one of the many hollows as a breeding site so will keep tabs on them over the next little while. Laughing Kookaburras are cooperative breeders, young from previous seasons may remain with the parents for a number of years to help with rearing nestlings. This pair seemed to be ‘childless’ but we’ll see.

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Laughing Kookaburras, Loddon River @ Newstead, 7th August 2015.

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Perched quietly in a River Red-gum.

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That bill is massive.

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The sexes are similar – the female slightly larger on average – so perhaps the upper individual is a male.

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Home of the Tree Kingfisher.

4 responses to “Home of the Tree Kingfisher

  1. The powerful owl was just past that tree the last time I was there

  2. Iconic and charismatic birds. I hope they are happy and start a family in your fabulous red gum there.

  3. A great set of shots, Geoff.
    About 3 yrs ago I took on a dog of unknown quantity, now no longer with us.
    She must have got the scent of a Possum at that river redgum, or the Kookaburras. She took a running jump at the tree, she got 3/4’s way up – not bad for a Heeler pup.

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