Talk:Laughing kookaburra

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Why the JACKASS part of the name please?

Cannot find any explanation. Helpful responses please to E

Posted 23JUN2013 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:22, 23 June 2013 (UTC)


What is the aboriginal name, then? And if it is best known by that, well it would have several due to its natural range extending into different language areas of aboriginal people. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:30, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Laughing kookaburra not its common name[edit]

I was born in Sydney, have often lived with kookaburras nested in the trees around my various homes, and have lived in Australia for 54 years, but have never heard the kookaburra called a 'Laughing kookaburra'. The article should be renamed, unless biologists use this unusual term. I'm quite sure it is commonly called by virtually all Australians (perhaps a few people differ) "a kookaburra", just as a koala is not called by Australians a 'koala bear'. Also, the second word in 'Laughing kookaburra' should have a lower case initial letter, as in 'Red kangaroo', not 'Red Kangaroo'. Maybe someone who knows how can rename the page. Alpheus (talk) 23:45, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

(only almost two years late but tehre you go...) - Laughing Kookaburra is its official name - there are several species of large kingfisher called kookaburras, hence the need for differentiation in precision of article naming. I also grew up in sydney and am plenty familiar with the epithet "laughing". cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 22:46, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
I have lived in Queensland and New South Wales since the mid 1970s and have only ever once heard kookaburras referred to as "laughing jackass". That was from an octogenarian farm worker in country Queensland. I think that the term is really in the same category as "cobber", "cove", "blucher boots" (Wellington Boots), "waltzing the matilda" and other charming but now quite obsolete Australian terms. Original research I know but on quizzing several dozen friends, family and club members all agree with me entirely. --MichaelGG (talk) 00:43, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

'raucous laughter'?[edit]

I'm sure that's what it sounds like to humans, but they are not laughing. And 'ringing laughter' likewise. As is said earlier in the article, it is a matter of establishing its territory. In fact, I'm not even sure birds are capable of humor. More accurate would be to say: they emit a vocalisation which sounds like laughter. And obviously establishing one's territory is no laughing matter, I imagine. Vince (talk) 03:47, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Meh. I think the quotes around 'laugh' do enough to establish that this word is being used as a metaphor, rather than as a statement of the cognitive capabilities of birds. Redoubts (talk) 12:41, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
It is a pretty notable and distinctive call well-likened to laughing by many, still, quotes is ok. Casliber (talk · contribs) 22:46, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
You're right. I didn't notice the quotes before. I guess my main problem with that section is that it's a bit subjective, the adjectives 'raucous' and 'ringing'. And its written a bit, how should I put it, affectionately. Don't get me wrong, I like these birds too, I like the fact that there's one in my backyard right now, but encyclopedic text should stick to the facts and be emotionless, right? Just a suggestion. Vince (talk) 23:54, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

What kind of snakes, exactly?[edit]

Thanks. (talk) 03:47, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Good question. Not sure and worth looking into. Casliber (talk · contribs) 22:46, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
About 20 cm long snakes, also well known for stealing sausages. They move their heads quickly to bang the snake against a branch. Polypipe Wrangler (talk) 11:02, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

File:Dacelo novaeguineae waterworks.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:Dacelo novaeguineae waterworks.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on March 7, 2012. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2012-03-07. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page so Wikipedia doesn't look bad. :) Thanks! howcheng {chat} 17:17, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Laughing Kookaburra
The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is a carnivorous bird in the kingfisher family. Native to eastern Australia, it has also been introduced to parts of New Zealand, Tasmania and Western Australia. Male and female adults are similar in plumage, which is predominantly brown and white. A common and familiar bird, this species of kookaburra is well known for its laughing call.Photo: JJ Harrison
Any chance of getting more warning next time? It is already well into March 7th in Australia. --99of9 (talk) 00:48, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I've been behind in writing these, but you're really looking at March 7th UTC, not local time. howcheng {chat} 07:06, 7 March 2012 (UTC)