Meet the Kookaburra


Kate Waggoner

Gibson the kookaburra who can be found in front of the Australian Walkabout in the Village of the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.

Kai Flock, Staff Writer

At the Wildlife Safari there is one kookaburra named Gibson. The kookaburra is a type of bird and is related to the Kingfishers. The Kingfishers are Alcedinidae, which is just another name for the Kingfishers class.

Kookaburras have a cream white and brown color. Their wings are brown with some of the cream white color, but what is interesting is the faded blue color on their wings. These birds are about 46 cm long from their beak to their tail. They have very long beaks; they are 10 cm long (four inches).

They have a lifespan of only 20 years. Gibson is 20 years old and has been at the Safari for 19 years.

The native habitat of kookaburras are medium to dense woodland areas that are typically wet and cold; they do prefer leafy trees near inland water, and are also found in southern or eastern Australia. Gibson is a carnivore who eats mice, rats, snakes, large insects, crustaceans, frogs, and small birds.

You will find Gibson in the Wildlife Safari village which is always free. He is located in front of the Australian Walkabout in the lower part of the village. In this section, you will also be able to see the wallaroos, an emu, and the bird aviary.