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Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) Fact Sheet: Population & Conservation Status

Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Population Status

  • Stable populations; thought to be large (BirdLife International 2016)
  • Total population estimate
    • 65,000,000 individuals (Woodall 2019)

Conservation Status


  • Least Concern (2016 assessment) (BirdLife International 2016)
    • Very large range
    • Population trend stable


  • Not listed (UNEP 2019)

Threats to Survival

  • Habitat destruction and fragmentation, especially clearing of eucalypt woodlands and removal of trees with hollows (Moloney et al. 2002)
  • Over 400,00 ha (988,422 acres) of native forest land is cleared per year in Queensland (as of 2002)


Laughing Kookaburra

Thanks to their wide range, populations of Laughing Kookaburras are considered large and stable.

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Page Citations

BirdLife International (2012, 2016)
Moloney et al. (2002)

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