After last week's Magpies, this is another iconic Australian bird - the Laughing Kookaburra - or as it is called in my part of the world, just Kookaburra! There is another species of Kookaburra further north from us, but I'd have to travel a very long way to see them!
I'm a few days into a hectic week, so I just tell you that this is the largest kingfisher in the world!
Also, I can't resist a good tale of taxonomy, busy or not. The Laughing Kookaburra goes by the name of Dacelo novaeguineae. The genus name is an anagram of the genus of the Kingfisher found in the UK - and the first specimen of this species was thought to have come from New Guinea. In fact it came from what is now New South Wales in Australia. So, the name is a combination of a private joke and a mistake!
In one of these pictures you can see the nictitating membrane, a thin membrane that is drawn over the eye to help keep it moist.
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