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kook·a·bur·ra / ˈkoŏkəˌbərə/ • n. a very large Australasian kingfisher (genus Dacelo) that feeds on terrestrial prey such as reptiles and birds. Two species: the blue-winged kookaburra (D. leachii) and the loud, cackling laughing kookaburra (D. gigas, or D. novaeguineae).

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kookaburra (laughing jackass) Large kingfisher of Australia, known for its call, which resembles fiendish laughter. Groups often scream in unison at dawn, midday, and dusk. They feed on animals. Species Dacelo gigas.

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kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) See ALCEDINIDAE.