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Laughing Kookaburra Bird Skull Replica measures 4.5 inches. Laughing Kookaburra Bird Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Dacelo novaeguineae is the scientific name. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
Laughing Kookaburras or Dacelo novaeguineae are terrestrial tree kingfishers of Australia and New Guinea. The laughing kookaburra is Australia’s national symbol. The kookaburra is a brown colored bird, about the size of a crow. The male Laughing Kookaburras or Dacelo novaeguineae is easily distinguished from the female by the blue hues on his wing feathers and darker blue on his tail feathers. The female has a small bit of blue on her wing feathers. Largest of Kingfishers. Eastern and South Western Australia.
Laughing Kookaburras or Dacelo novaeguineae are sexually dimorphic. This is noticeable in the blue winged and the rufous bellied, where males have blue tails and females have reddish brown tails.
Rufous-bellied kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud), lowland New Guinea
Spangled kookaburra (Dacelo tyro), Aru Islands, southern New Guinea
Blue-winged kookaburra (Dacelo leachii), northern Australia, southern New Guinea
Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), native to eastern Australia, introduced to southwest
Unusually for close relatives, the laughing and blue-winged species are direct competitors in the area where their ranges now overlap. This suggests that these two species evolved in isolation, possibly during a period when Australia and New Guinea were more distant
Laughing Kookaburras or Dacelo novaeguineae are almost exclusively carnivorous, eating mice, snakes, insects, small reptiles, and the young of other birds; unlike many other kingfishers, they rarely eat fish, although they have been known to take goldfish from garden ponds. In zoos they are usually fed food for birds of prey.
The most social birds will accept handouts and will take meat from barbecues. It is generally not advised to feed kookaburras ground beef or pet food, as these do not include enough calcium and roughage.
They are territorial, except for the rufous bellied, which often live with their young from the previous season. They often sing as a chorus to mark their territory.
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