Subject: Kookaburras
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 11:50:41 +1100

In Column 8 of yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald.

"The kookaburra is famous for its nesting habits," asserts Sheena Clowes, of East Sydney. "It lays its eggs in the pouch of an unwary kangaroo or wallaby, thus forcing the unwitting marsupial to incubate and hatch the egg, a skill not yet lost to these marsupials, who are of course related to the echidna and the platypus, which still lay their own eggs. The kookaburra is distantly related to the cuckoo, as can be seen from its name, which is a derivation of 'cuckoo-burrow', i.e., the cuckoo which burrows (into the pouch)."

David Geering
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