This week’s patient is a laughing Kookaburra named Kooka.
Kooka had a bit of an accident recently when he flew into a window and knocked himself out!
Luckily a member of the public found him and brought him to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for an inspection. Fortunately, Kooka was not badly injured in the accident and was quickly back on his feet, but looking worse for wear.
At the Hospital, Kooka underwent X-rays showing no broken bones and it could be determined that Kooka was only suffering from some bruising to his keel, and a slightly sore head.
He is currently being treated with anti-inflammatories and much-needed cage rest and it is anticipated that Kooka will be released and be back out flying in the wild within the next few days.
The laughing Kookaburra is a common bird known by its unique call which resembles the sound of a laugh.
Male and female adults have similar plumage which is predominantly off-white, brown and black in colour. Laughing kookaburras can become approximately 46cm long with a wingspan of 66cm, making them one of the largest members of the Kingfisher family.
Laughing kookaburras originate from Eastern Australia but have been introduced to Western Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Their diet primarily consists of insects, worms and crustaceans but may also eat small mammals, frogs, snakes, and other smaller birds. Whilst feeding the kookaburra will swallow small prey whole but larger prey will be bashed against the ground or branch to make smaller pieces before being consumed.
You can help patients like Kooka by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
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