Laughing Kookaburras

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Subject: Laughing Kookaburras
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 19:03:40 +1000
This afternoon I spent 30 or more minutes observing a pair of Kookaburras being harassed by a number of other species, mainly Little Friarbirds.
As the harassment became intolerable, one bird (always the same one) would fly to a nearby tree taking the tormentors with it.  After a while, as the harassment eased, it would fly back to its partner.  The whole sequence would then be repeated.
During the whole time, the one bird remained at the original roost.
Is this a male protecting its partner or some similar behavior or is the one that flew away simply less tolerant?
Terry Pacey
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