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Old Oct 22, 2004, 9:33 AM   #1
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This bird reminds me of a smaller version of our Kookaburra which is a member of the kingfisher family, so I gather this one is too.







and this one is very similar but smaller






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Old Oct 22, 2004, 9:41 AM   #2
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anotherof the smaller bird, not the greatest shot but gives an Idea of the look of the bird a little better






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Old Oct 22, 2004, 10:56 AM   #3
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I'm not positive (as you're way on the other side of the world from me) but I would say yes, that that is in the Kingfisher family. The beak is a giveway... every kingfisher I've ever seen has had that beak.

The only odd thing is that the ones I've seen are usually very colorful. Maybe that is a female or an immature? (Of course, maybe I only see the colorful ones because that is only what people post!)

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Old Oct 22, 2004, 11:37 AM   #4
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eric, the kookaburra is a member of the kingfisher family and he is brown and white too, no bright colors.
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Old Oct 22, 2004, 4:49 PM   #5
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It does look like a member of the kingfisher family. However, I've looked at birds from other regions of the world, thought they were of this family or that family, and ended up wrong! So, Julie, it may not be what it seems...

I might have mentioned this once before, but I think you like birds enough that you need to buy yourself a good field guide to the birds of Australia...
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Old Oct 22, 2004, 7:50 PM   #6
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what I need is a web site that shows the photos up front with the birds name next to it. Not just a bunch of names to choose from. Maybe I could buy the book sometime:-)
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Old Oct 23, 2004, 12:35 AM   #7
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Ok, Julie, here's some websites for Australian birds:

http://www.ausbird.com

http://www.ausbird.com/field.html

http://www.michaelmorcombe.com.au/

http://www.birdobservers.org.au/


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thanks Geoff, Im still serching for a site that shows the photos and has the names next to them:-)in list form that is



this is the closest thing to the bird I photographed (a kookaburra) but not the same.


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Old Oct 24, 2004, 12:43 PM   #9
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Laughing Kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae

The Laughing Kookaburra is distinguished by its song, which sounds like human laughter. Kookaburras are the largest member of the Australian kingfisher group. Males and females grow to lengths of 47cm. Both sexes appear identical with a cream coloured head, neck and underbelly, and dark brown crowns and eye-stripes. Their brown wings have flecked light blue coverts above the flight feathers. Juveniles appear similar to adults except that their eye stripes and crown are mottled brown and cream. (for infrm.pl.)

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