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Laughing kingfisher information, facts - classicanimal

The laughing kingfisher is a medium-sized bird species native to eastern Australia. Those birds are the largest species of the kingfisher family. Also, they are most popular for their sound. They can found forest, woodland, or gardens and feeds mostly insects, snakes, worms.

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Their scientific name is Dacelo. They were named for their laughing sound. They are also known as 'Laughing Jackass', 'Laughing kookaburra'.

Common Name: Laughing kingfisher
Scientific Name: Dacelo


Laughing kingfishers belong to the family Alcedinidae and the genus of Dacelo. It is a species of the kingfisher. There are 2 sub-species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'. They have a large population, with no widespread threats

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Genus: Dacelo
Species: D. novaeguineae
Number of Subspecies: 2
Group: Bird
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Laughing kingfisher is found in Eastern Australia, New Zealand. They are habitats such as woodlands, open forests, cities, gardens.

Living Locations: New Zealand, Eastern Australia
Habitat: Woodlands, Open forests, City, Gardens


They have a whitish head and brown eye-stripe. Their upperparts are mostly dark brown colored and Their underparts are cream-white colored. The tail is barred with rufous and black. The appearance of the male and female birds is similar. An adult length around 41 cm to 47 cm and the wingspan up to 56 cm to 66 cm. The male weighs 196 g to 450 g and the female 190 g to 465 g. They can fly at speed of up to 32 km/h.

Color: Brown, white
Weight: 190 g to 465 g (Approx)
Size: 41 cm to 47 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 56 cm to 66 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 32 km/h (Approx)


Laughing kingfisher is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat fishesinsects, reptiles, frogs, rodents.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Fishes, Insects, Reptiles, Frogs, Rodents


The laughing kingfisher has some natural predators like eagles, large owls, hawks, falcons.

Predators: Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons


Their lifespan up to 20 years in the wild. Laughing kingfisher is diurnal and solitary birds. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 20 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 11 to 12 months males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 26 days. Laughing kingfisher lay one to five eggs in a breeding season. The young are called 'Chick'. Those young spend 10 weeks with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 11 to 12 Months
Incubation Period: 26 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 1 to 5
Baby called: Chick
Age of Weaning: 10 Weeks


  • Laughing kingfishers are monogamous, territorial birds that nest in tree holes.
  • They are the largest kingfisher species in the world.
  • They are most popular for their sound.



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