Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree
Kookaburra Sits in The Old Gum Tree.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!
Here are Sherry and Rick from The Mudcakes singing the Kookaburra song in the round/cannon.
Kookaburras are part of the Kingfisher family and live in Australia and New Guinea. Their call sounds like a person laughing.
It’s also how they got their name.
The Wiradjuri people in Australia copied the bird’s noise and turned it into the word for that bird, then when white settlers went to Australia, they copied the Wiradjuri people in their own language.
Kookaburras eat small animals like mice, snakes, insects, worms and little birds and reptiles.
They live in groups in one place and sing together to show what a great group they are.
They’re wild birds but also live happily with people if those people treat them well.
Here is a video filmed in Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
And here are some very very happy kookies!
And here is the beautiful sound of a Magpie, another famous Australian bird with a special call.
This is how the Native Australians make the Kookaburra call on the didgeridoo.
It’s part of their stories and music because it’s the sound of their country.
And here are some other fantastic animal sounds from Australia.