Monday, November 10, 2014

Australian Animal Facts: Kookaburra - Why are they Fatal Road Kills?

Kookaburras as Road Kill

Kookaburra in Flight
Laughing Kookaburra in Flight

What is a Kookaburra?

The Kookaburra, the world's largest kingfisher but it doesn't hunt fish. Instead it preys on snakes, frogs, lizards and large insects. Its about 18 inches (45cm) long and weighs about 1lb (.5kg). 

Why is the Kookaburra prone to Vehicle Strikes?

Being a carnivorous bird the Kookaburra is also an opportunist and will try to eat road prey knocked down by passing road vehicles. Unfortunately the kookaburra is a slow flier. It finds it very difficult to quickly get airborne and get out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Unfortunately as a consequence the bird itself becomes a road fatality. 

Learn more about the  Kookaburra here...

Australian Animal Facts: Southern Cassowary the Endangered Dinosaur Bird of the Australian Rainforest

Southern Cassowary Endangered Dinosaur Bird
of the 
Australian Rainforest

Cassowary -Dinosaur Bird of the Australian Rainforest.
Southern Cassowary the Endangered  only 1500 remain

What is a Cassowary?

The Southern Cassowary is a massive flightless Australian bird that lives a solitary existence in the rainforests of northern Australia

If provoked it will attack with a powerful kick slashing its victim with its fearsome claws. 

Why is it Endangered

There are only 1,500 Cassowaries left in the wild today. This is nearly a 50% drop in population over the last twenty five years. The major causes of its decline are habitat loss, motor vehicle accidents, attacks by dogs, feral pigs and human hand feeding.