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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)
, 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.