You’ve likely heard its call if you’ve ever watched a jungle movie. The Laughing Kookaburra and its territorial sound is regularly heard in many of the old Tarzan movies. In fact, the jungle sounds in the background were often recordings of laughing kookaburra’s call. Today, you can hear that same call with Merlin, the 22-year-old laughing kookaburra at SeaWorld Orlando.
Merlin was rescued as a part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). The plan helps to preserve, in zoos and aquariums, species that are threatened or endangered in the wild. Merlin has been a part of SeaWorld Orlando for several years now and its due time we shared a bit more about him and his unique species.
Laughing kookaburras are the largest member of the kingfisher family. The bird has as a large bill that has a black upper mandible and a tan lower mandible. They also have a white belly, whitish head, brown wings, a brown back and dark brown eye-stripes. Natural hunters, the laughing kookaburras have adaptations in their head that allow them to lock their head while hunting. Merlin can be recognized by his blue feathers. All male laughing kookaburras have blue feathers.
While members of the kingfisher can be found all over the world, the Laughing Kookaburra can be found in Australia. The birds are fairly adaptable in their habitat, but they do require forest areas for finding food and nesting.
The next time you visit SeaWorld Orlando, keep an ear out for the Laughing Kookaburra. You’ll recognize it’s call immediately. As always, you can find discounted tickets to the Orlando theme park right here on Best of Orlando.