Sunday, August 09, 2009

Kookaburra

The kookaburra is a cheerful and raucous bird, a sort of large kingfisher. When I was very young, my father taught me this song:

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Merry merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, kookaburra!
Sing, kookaburra!
Gay your life must be!

Poor kookaburra. Would have a tough time in Atlantis, for many reasons.

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Note: Excerpted from the Wikipedia article, "Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which is uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter — good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the well-known Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). They are generally not closely associated with water, and can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, but also in suburban and residential areas near running water and where food can be searched for easily."

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