The most amazing thing about this bird is the noise it makes. It laughs. Living where I do, it’s something that I take for granted. I had lunch with this friendly little fellow the other day. WE stopped to have our burger and chips by the river. I went off looking at the ducks and when I got back to the car, Bruce had been feeding him tiny bits of chips. I was surprised how tame he was. We did have one bird who would ride around on our hills hoist in the back yard, but he was easily startled and would fly away when disturbed. This is the closest I’ve been to one in the wild.
According to Wikipedia
Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers of the genus Dacelo native to Australia and New Guinea, which grow to between 28 and 42 centimetres (11 and 17 inches) in length and weigh around 300 grams (10 1⁄2 ounces). The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra,