Do you know what the title given to a bunch of Kookaburras is ??

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Explorers, i have been trying to find via google the name of a bunch of cookaburras ... I believe it is a gaggle, or a chorus of cookaburras, which are part of the kingfisher family.
Do you know??
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:16

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:16
The official correct term is "flock".
Apparantly other terms have been proposed but never universally adopted.

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Reply By: Iza B - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:21

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:21
Something like a "giggle" of Kookas would be more descriptive and separate the species from flock which describes any group of birds, in the general sense.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:22

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:22
Hi Dozer

Best I could do was:

"Collective nouns for kookaburras are a flock or a riot of kookaburras".
Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_collective_noun_for_kookaburras

Note the spelling for kookaburra, which might have hindered any search you did.

Gaggle is for geese. Cannot find chorus anywhere.

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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:24

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:24
For one moment I thought you were talking about the CWA but then I realized you were talking about the bird. It is Kookaburra with a K
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:32

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:32
Back to school for me....lol... I believe it was a "riot" that i read, but couldn't recall. Thanks guys.
Flock it is, Riot aswell, but not officially.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:32

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 09:32
A Kackle of kookaburras??? (;=))

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Reply By: landseka - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 10:35

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 10:35
I would call any group, flock, gaggle or even riot of Kookaburras "very rare"!

I can't ever recall seeing more than two at any one time before.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 17:00

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 17:00
I've seen 4 together but given they don't 'flock' it would be a rather inappropriate term. Using the same logic perhaps a "shock" of kookas might be apt but I'd like to see a "mirth" adopted.
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Follow Up By: caseh - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 17:16

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 17:16
I have been twitching (birding of the feathered variety) for over 40 years and spend 6 months every year birding around Australia.

The correct term we are looking for is flock.

And on the subject of seeing more than two. took pics earlier this year in Queensland of a total of 7 Kookaburra's together in one tree. Not that rare but one has to be looking. Unfortunately I eat, drink and sleep birding where the family calls me obsessive.

Australia is a great birding country though!

Cheers, Case, Top End, NT (till end of October when I will be returning to the land of the long white cloud for another 6 months)
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 18:08

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 18:08
By "correct" I assume you mean there's an authoritative source. Can you provide one?
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 20:01

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 20:01
Hi

I think what the OP was looking for here was some colloquial term for more than one/a few Kookaburras, not an "authoritative" term in published literature. I think a "flock" of crows (or ravens) is referred to as a "murder" of crows. Not sure there is a term for a group of Kookaburras. As indicated they don't normally congregate (apart form small number of "family" members)..so maybe nobody has invented a colloquial term ??

I wouldn't call a group of Kookaburras a flock ...as it suggests they are flying around the place together. Don't think they do that. Sitting in trees and trying to out laugh each other is different :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 at 16:55

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 at 16:55
Have 4 sometimes in a tree close by .

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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 19:45

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 19:45
Seeing as kookaburras live in a family group, I would suggest you call them a family but this is probably not a correct term for the purists.

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Reply By: landed eagle - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 20:55

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 20:55
We have two family groups of kookaburras at our holiday place in sth tassie.
Usually have about 9-10 show up at brekkie time and every year we get to meet the new offspring around end of spring time.
It's not uncommon to eat brekkie with two or three on the outside table with you, just hanging out for you to turn your back from the eggs and bacon.They have stolen snags off the barbie when left to cook for a minute un-attended.
With all the noise they make I reckon they should be called a 'parliament' of kookaburras, although i think that collective noun refers to possibly a group of owls?
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Follow Up By: Member - OnYaBike - Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 22:52

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 22:52
When I first read the thread "riot" came to mind straight away for kookaburras so I must have read it somewhere. As for "parliament", I think it should be reserved for galahs.
The only time I made a mistake was when I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.

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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 at 18:01

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 at 18:01
D9,
it is definitely not a flock. Family is much better.

Flock is heaps, Kookas work as families
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Reply By: Nargun51 - Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 09:38

Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 at 09:38
Last year, we had two Korean students staying with us for a few days.

One of “our” kookaburras (probably the one that lands at my feet to pick up the worms as I’m digging in the garden) was in full voice and I said something about the kookaburra “laughing”.

The kid looked at me and said “It sounds like a witch!”

I now listen to the song with different expectations…she was right!
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Reply By: Ron173 - Thursday, Aug 08, 2013 at 13:42

Thursday, Aug 08, 2013 at 13:42
probably incorrect but sounds the best I reckon........

Kookaburri !!
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