The Kookaburra
(Dacelo novaeguineae)
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These are wonderful birds to have around the place and relatively easy to maintain, but can be costly to keep well fed.    If you have not kept this species before there are a couple of basic facts you need to know

Firstly they can be VERY noisy, especially at the crack of dawn, so you need very understanding neighbours.    A beautiful sound though it is, some people object to being woken at some ungodly hour of the morning by a pair of Kookaburras doing what comes naturally.

Kooka with a mouse

Secondly they are very messy birds and whatever you feed them, they will take to the nearest perch and proceed to beat the crap out of it, with bits of whatever it is flying about all over the place.     Click here for a diet sheet. (this link will open in a new browser window)

If you wish to keep these birds in South Australia you will need a permit from the Department for Environment and Heritage (Permit application forms can be found here.  This link will open in a new browser window).

If you are interested in their development from the egg stage to first flight please click here.

In other states you will need to contact your local wildlife authority as you will need an import permit and a licence to keep them.

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