Kookie, the tailless Kookaburra, seems to have paired up with another bird. The two of them are seen together every day now.

I’ve written about Kookie, the tailless Laughing Kookaburra before.  We keep wondering if the loss of its tail is temporary, but after at least 18 months of no tail, we guess it must be a permanent state.  I would love to know if this is a result of genetics or an accident or attack.  As I’ve documented before, Kookie can effortlessly fly, so it doesn’t seem to hamper the bird in any way.  The other question I would love answered is whether Kookie is a male or a female. It seems there are no marked differences in appearance between male and female adult Kookaburras, so I’m not sure of that either.

The pair of Kookaburras have been seen checking out potential nesting holes.  So far, I don’t think they have found a suitable one, which is a pity.  If they do, I really hope it is within sight of the house.  The photograph above captures them sitting on their favourite branch, just outside the study window – well, about 20 meters away really, but still visible.  As I am working on the computer, I see flashes of wings as they dive onto the ground to snatch up tasty morsels.  Mornings and evenings we are treated to a chorus of raucous laughter. Such a beautiful sound.