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Breeding in managed care
- Parent kookaburras in managed care normally raise only one chick per pair each year, even though 2 or 3 eggs are usually laid (Wexler 2012)
- Hand-rearing has been successful for birds in zoos (Smith 1977)
- A constant temperature of 30°C (86°F) is needed for chicks in managed care
- Mice, day-old chicks, pieces of beef, small rats, sparrows, mealworms can be fed to kookaburras in managed care (Giles 1994)
- Stressed kookaburras will regurgitate a meal, even several hours after eating (Giles 1994)
- When feeding rescued kookaburras, canned dog food can be used as emergency rations, but only for 24 hours
- When feeding rescued kookaburras, place food well back in mouth so they can swallow; their tongues are quite short (Giles 1994)
- Birds under 3 months of age with short, all-black beaks require hand-feeding
- Usually not kept in aviaries with other birds it can eat (Giles 1994)
- Kookaburras placed into aviaries with already established kookaburras will likely be attacked and killed (Giles 1994)
- Since laughter is a social behavior, kookaburras don't normally laugh if alone in managed care (Giles 1994)
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