Kookaburra makes itself at home in the English countryside – more than 14,000km from home

A kookaburra has made itself at home in the English countryside – more than 9,000 miles from its native Australia.

The kookaburra was filmed alive in the wild in rural Suffolk, near Sudbury, and is believed to be an escapee.

This was said by Suffolk Wildlife Trust spokesman Jack Cripps National World that it has been sighted in the area since 2015 and has thrived in the cooler British climate.

β€œThe bird has been seen alive and well for the past nine years. Kookaburra can live for well over 20 years, and because it seems to have made itself at home in Suffolk – one of the warmest and driest counties in Britain – it could survive for many years to come,” Cripps said.

A kookaburra was spotted near Sudbury, in rural Suffolk (stock image)

“It is believed to be an escaped bird, but it is not known where the bird escaped,” he said.

This isn’t the first time a kookaburra has been seen in the wild in Britain. In 2022, two joggers spotted one in Burgess Hill, Sussex.

Two years ago, residents of the Devon village of Membury spotted a Kookaburra in a local garden. It was believed the animal had escaped from a nearby wildlife park.

Kookaburras are large land kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. They are known for their distinctive call, which sounds like loud, resounding laughter.

They are also known for their role in Australian folklore and are often depicted as symbols of the Australian bush.