To: Alice Stanford <>, "" <>
Subject: Kookaburras
From: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:10:17 +0000
Hi Alice,

I am no authority on Kookaburras but it sounds to me like a couple of family 
groups defining their adjoining territories.  I look forward to the opinions 
of others.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
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I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which I
live and work – the Gumbaynggirr, Yaegl and Bundjalung peoples – and to
pay respect to their elders both past and present

-----Original Message----- 
From: Alice Stanford
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2017 5:28 PM
Subject: Kookaburras

I wonder if you could help me with a mystery?

I have read a lot of pieces about kookaburras now on the internet but am
still confused about some behaviour I recently saw in a number of places in
the Dandenong Ranges. At intervals of perhaps 1 kilometer (on made paths) I
found larger groups of kookaburras (too many to be typical family groups)
congregating together doing trapeze flights and singing and vocalising in a
wonderful various way. Individuals seemed to be "establishing contact" with
one flying to perch beside another (which often relatively quickly
withdrew). I assumed this was all some kind of courtship process in which a
number of families joined as unbonded young ones paired up, but nothing I
have found on the internet confirms this assumption. Have you seen the same
behaviour? Can you explain to me what is going on?

I contacted Marc Anderson (who writes on kookaburras), but he was not sure
about how to explain this behaviour and suggested I contact you instead.

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