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Nov 27, 2006

Haw haw haw.

[tapping one spindly toe]


This fine, sassy Laughing Kookaburra lives at the Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha.
Yep, that'd be Nebraska.

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Aussie birdie YAY!!!!

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 06:58 PM

I do love the disapproving look a Kookaburra gives.

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 06:59 PM


 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:00 PM

"Kookaburras do NOT say 'Yay.' Ahem."
"No, they do not."
"I can assure you, I'm in a position to know. They don't."
"Right! FINE." [grumbling]

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:01 PM

Okay, I feel properly admonished...p'rhaps we should throw another shrimp to the birdie?

Peg of Tilling
 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:06 PM

Kooka:"And what the heck are you looking at mate!"

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:07 PM

Kooka is just seeing if the snags on the barbie are properly cooked before swooping....believe me... I know about these things. Then he smiles..before laughing at you.

Positive Jube
 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:11 PM

Anything Aussie reminds me of a Tim Conway/Little Old Man & Harvey Korman skit, in which Tim was a doctor. He told Harvey his doctor's bag was special.

"Do you know what it's made of?" (Harvey barely keeps it together)
"Koooh-WAAAAAH-lah." (Harvey loses it.)

Suda Nim
 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:12 PM


 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:14 PM

"I've come to lodge a complaint with th National Bird Registry - people...an EMU??? C'mon! Now, I can make things really uncomfortable for you; believe me, you don't want a Burra under your saddle."

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:14 PM

Theo - yes sorry *bows head* I should've known better than to put inappropriate words in a kookaburras mouth i.e. "YAY"

I guess I just got over-exited at a new post on CO and it being something from down here

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:23 PM

again, i feel the need to hate - not cute.

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:24 PM

an owl with an oversized beak.

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:27 PM

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he,
Laugh, Kookaburra,
Laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be.

Anybody else sing that song in Girl Scouts?

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:29 PM

He said it with a wink, Chilli. ;)

"Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
"Eating all the gumdrops he can see
"Laugh, Kookaburra,
"Laugh, Kookaburra,
"Save some gum for me!"

(Summer camp, not Girl Scouts. Seriously.)

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:32 PM

mlle x, we were always a bit different

Kookaburra sits on the electric wire,
Jumping up & down with his bum on fire.

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:33 PM

The Zoo is part of the SECORE project (click the link) along with 7 other US institutions, one of which I work for. Ta da! Never thought of it as an institution. Could explain a lot. (Shifting eyes side to side.)

Chilli - Where from?

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:34 PM

Chilli -- LOL! What's the rest of your version?

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:37 PM

I know the song AND can do a really good kookaburra laugh.
My little talent. I talk to crows too. OK I'll stop.

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:37 PM

pyrit - I all Aussie so claim anything native to my fantastic country

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:41 PM

I Googled Chilli's song lyrics and there seems to be only that verse. OK Peeps - get busy!

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:43 PM

Theo re rest of the version I really can't remember getting any further coz the leaders would frown & we'd all be roflol. Ahh the inocence *grin*

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:44 PM

We sang it in girl scouts. Rounds no less.

Laugh Kookaburra
Laugh Kookaburra
Gay your life must be

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:48 PM

sang both versions at summer camp. I got tossed out of girl scouts and no one needs to know why.

ka9q's wife
 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:51 PM

Fine w/me, KW; I'm happy to let my imagination metastasize.

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 07:53 PM

Well, I am not. Care to give us a hint, ka9q's w?

We have to live vicariously SOMEhow!!!

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:08 PM

I love the kookaburra song....I could sing it all night long....

*goin' ta get some more wine*

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:09 PM

MileX - The exact same song! We even had a version in Hindi. ;)

Of course, I quit because after one year of scouting we weren't to a single camp and it was like a finishing school for wives-to-be and we were 11-YEAR-OLDS ... ahem. Rant over.

And yes, KW, tell us why you got tossed out. *all ears*

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:17 PM

1. ka9q's wife - well, I happen to know why. Small, unmarked bills, please.

2. I don't even know the song, but thought I'd try, anyhow:

Kookaburra sits by the TumTum tree
Waiting he is for the Jabberwock-ee
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Fierce your fight will be

Kookaburra, armed with a vorpal sword
To the fierce monster marching foward
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
You'll need help from me!

Kookaburra did gimble in the wabe
Hoping by this his life he'd save
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Please listen to me!

Kookaburra reads on a rusty nail
Involved he is in the Jabberwock's tale
Yay, Kookaburra! Yay, kookaburra!
He's not real, you see!

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:18 PM

3 birds on one page?!?!?! Heaaaaven....I'm in heaaaaven.....CO needs more birds!!!

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:19 PM

When I was a kid in Australia we had one o'these that would come and sit on the back fence. Big and brown and with a huge grin. They eat snakes. They are great.

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:22 PM

Aubrey, I bow before greatness bravo

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:25 PM

That song is familiar. Must be from before I went into Boy Scouts (if there was a time).

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:26 PM

haha! well, i learned a couple of those verses back in elementary school. aaand another one...

kookaburra sits on the railroad track
along comes a train and smashes him flat.
poor kookaburra
poor kookaburra
poor kookaburra
that's the end of that

::runs away::

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:29 PM

Mr. Burra looks distinctly disapproving. Sam the Eagle could not be more appalled, just appalled! than Mr. Burra.


 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:34 PM

and aubrey, i'm once again astounded by your great verses

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:36 PM

Why don't you just get me to take a photo of a WILD kokaburra? They're all round my place! (Guess where I live?)

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:46 PM

Aubrey: That was absolutely frabjous!

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:50 PM

Kookaburras give more of the Nelson "HA-ha!" look.

I was at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney back in 1988, sitting, having my lunch, minding my own beeswax, eating chips (fries) when there was a whoosh! and a flurry of something which I had no idea what it was or what had just happened to me, when I look up and on the other side of the table was a cheeky kookaburra with one of my chips in his mouf, and I know he was laughing at me. Or he did when he went back to sitting in his old gum tree.

Bad grammar yes.
But I've been to Australia. HA-ha! (j/k)

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 08:53 PM

ooh, yes, sam the eagle is one of my favorite disapprovers!

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 09:03 PM

The Henry Doorly Zoo! In Nebraska! It's in Omaha, just about 50 miles away from Lincoln. I go there for my birthday, often! There is a spectacular "Lied Jungle" that is huge and made to look and mimic the real jungle environment. No glass or barriers, anywhere. You walk through it, inside tunnels and rock formations under misting waterfalls....it's very cool. This picture actually looks like it could have been taken in it (no glass, as you can see). The fact that it's in Nebraska means I'm just that much closer to kissing it, in real life!! I loves the birdies!! Oh-- and Auntie Mame, you get brownie points for bringing up Sam the Eagle!!! He was always so serious. He liked poetry, and recited it often. This laughing kookaburra looks like he's about ready to recite some serious poetry, too. What makes them laugh, I wonder? ha, ha, ha...

Denise in Nebraska
 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 09:06 PM

I love kookaburras! They look like they have steel-plated beaks! *LOL* Even though they don't I'd still hate to get pecked by one...

*is attacked by a moment of D&D geekery* Ooh, an Aussie-style expansion pack...Dire Kookaburras and Dire Kangaroos...cool...*wanders off to grab her d20s and Core Rules book* ;-)


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 09:08 PM

Ah Chilli, that version of the song is a rite of passage! I don't think it goes any further.

K9W I too got kicked out, but out of Brownies...my insubordinate tendencies kicked in early.

And...one final story from my years in the Great Southern Land.

When we first moved Oz from the UK we were introduced to many new things, many of them of a culinary nature. While there were obvious good things, twisties, cheezls, and tim tams, there were the more peculiar, including my classmates' favourite bolony sandwiches. In an effort to make us feel more like locals, my mum made bolony sandwiches (in Australia they're made on white bread with tomato sauce, ie ketchup). Bolony sandwiches are without a doubt, one of the least appetizing things I've ever eaten...and avenues for disposing of said bolony were quickly sought. Being a naughty child (see Brownies, insubordination), I discarded my slices of bolony on to the ground a few feet from where I was sitting. Unbenknowst to me a kookaburra was watching and swooped down on this vertiable bounty. He picked them up, flew into a nearby tree and proceeded to beat the poor bolony on the tree branch. I was most confused until I learned that that's how kookaburras kill their supper.

Many years later, I saw a kookaburra do the very same thing to a small snake. At least we know that not all exotic meats taste like chicken ;-)

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 09:11 PM

oh my heck! Once again, the kewt saves!

I was just going to take a peek before I went to bed having spent all evening stressing over work stuff. And then I *had* to see what the peeps had to say about the Kooka!

I, too, sang the Kookaburra song, (Girl Scouts? Music class?) at some point, and also a song about the Jabberwock in a choir with my sweetie (now Mr. Bad).
Of course, I had to sing all verses posted out loud for his amusement, 'speshly the Jabberwocky ones! (Aubrey -- I'm not worthy!! And now my swee-T has to worship you too!)

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 09:18 PM

Is it just me, or does he look like he's looking down his nose at us?

 |  Nov 27, 2006 at 11:50 PM

Beware the Kooka, slay him with your vorpal sword (+5?)!

Hooraay Aubrey!

 |  Nov 28, 2006 at 12:28 AM

bunnajenny - what state did you live in?

I'm guessing that your "Bolony" is what we in eastern NSW call "Devon," right? My mum's from Broken Hill (near Adelaide) and calls it "Fritz".

ummm, kookaburra story...
When I was little I was visiting friends of my grandma's. They backed onto the bush, and, after lunch, I fed the kookaburras raw mince meat from my hand. Have photos somewhere...

 |  Nov 28, 2006 at 12:59 AM

Wow, look at al lthe versions of that song! Really cool, people!

And, I too was kicked out of Girl Scouts... mwuhuhuhuhuhuhuh!

 |  Nov 28, 2006 at 01:21 AM

This guy's not all that cute. Baby kookas are cute, and for some reason always show up in threes: http://timblair.net/ee/index.php/weblog/comments/beak_gang_assembles/

Pixy Misa
 |  Nov 28, 2006 at 03:12 AM

I live in Melbourne, Australia and when I saw a kookaburra in a cage in a German zoo, I nearly cried. I just wanted to take him home to the Aussie bush and be free.
This birdy on C.O. is sooo sweet, but I'm too sad to think he is on the wrong side of the world and wants to go home to his mates...and sheilas.
I also feel for the 'exotic' animals in our zoos here. A polar bear sunbaking in our heat is just so wrong...sorry, I'm being a sad sack.

 |  Nov 28, 2006 at 03:57 AM

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