from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae) of southern and eastern Australia, having brown and white plumage and a call resembling raucous laughter. Also called laughing jackass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several species of kingfishers in the genus Dacelo, known for their laugh-like call.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native name adopted as a common name for the laughing-jackass, Dacelo gigas, a large species of kingfisher. The name is extensively used about Sydney and is given by E. P. Ramsay in his “Catalogue of Australian Birds.” See cut under Dacelo.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Australian kingfisher having a loud cackling cry
Photo post: Hewitson 1853 Mourvedre – and Orlando (and a kookaburra) | Dr Vino's wine blog
Photo post: Hewitson 1853 Mourvedre – and Orlando (and a kookaburra)
We visited the vineyard at dusk and on the way back to the car, I heard a kookaburra laugh echo across the vineyard.
For all you birders out there, you can see/hear the kookaburra here.
I have plans to restock it with fish (AKA kookaburra buffet) and lilies etc when things calm down after Xmas.
There is a slightly odd piece in the current issue of the New Yorker in which David Sedaris describes an intimate encounter not so long ago with a tame kookaburra over lunch in Daylesford, Victoria.
Note the earliest (and correct) form of words: The kookaburra sits on, and not in, the old gum tree, a subtle distinction, certainly, but one that gives that muscular bird a slight hint of dominance, as befits the king of the bush designation that follows in the next line.
As the party was looking on, a Laughing Jackass [kookaburra] sat gazing down in respectful silence, with no desire to show disloyalty by breaking out into a premier chuckle at the rather amusing scene.
The one about a kookaburra bird in an old gum tree.
She has added kookaburra and snake to her animal noise repertoire thanks to a possum magic board book she got for her birthday.