Those avian icons of the Australian bush, the kookaburras, have lately been very vocal and active on the Mountain
Kookaburras usually breed during spring, finishing in December or January. I have heard that they will make a second attempt later in summer at breeding if their first attempt is unsuccessful, and also that they will sometimes breed again if heavy rains have made their prey more plentiful.
So far I haven’t been able to substantiate either of these, but would be interested to hear from others who have.
You might also like to keep an eye out for any sign that breeding is continuing later into the year this time: we’ve certainly had the heavy rain!
While doing so, look for any signs that more than two birds are taking food to the nest – sometimes the older siblings help Mum and Dad with this.
Nests are sometimes in hollow trunks and sometimes tunnelled into arboreal termite mounds
Ronda Green, BSc(Hons) PhD
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