Kookaburra Flies Again

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At about 6pm on Tuesday 5th March 2013 a Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) flew in front of a travelling car in the town of Roma, southwest Queensland.  "Bang" "Thud" it hit the windscreen and dropped to the bitumen road.  Lying flat on its side with his head on the ground, eyes still open, a group of Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea) immediately flew down and started giving it a hard time. 

 

Lucky for the Kookaburra wildlife carer, Meryl from BOOBOOK, was there when it happened and picked up the bird carefully using a jumper from her car.   After checking for external injury (which it seemed to have miraculously escaped) the Kookaburra was held in an upright position until Meryl was able to source a box, where it spent the night dazed and uncertain of the world. 

 

The Kookaburra spent the next two days in an aviary with concerns held about its lack of response and possible brain injury.  However on day two the Kookaburra sparked up and became much more alert and even vocal.  It was released in the area that it came from that afternoon.

 

Laughing Kookaburras are common in southern inland Queensland but in the more western areas they tend to stick to the creek lines and parks/gardens with lots of trees. They are a member of the kingfisher family and their diet typically includes snakes, lizards, frogs, other birds (often nestlings) and insects.

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