The name "Laughing Kookaburra" refers to the bird's "laugh", which it uses to establish territory amongst family groups. It can be heard at any time of day, but most frequently shortly after dawn and after sunset to dusk.
In Australia, laughing Kookaburras are a common sight in suburban gardens and urban settings, and are so accustomed to humans that they will often eat out of their hands.
It is not uncommon for kookaburras to snatch food out of people's hands without warning, by swooping in from a distance. People often feed them pieces of raw meat.
They mate for life, living in pairs or small family groups and can live up to 20 years.