Kookaburra

Here’s my latest illustration, the beloved Australian Kookaburra, drawn with Copic markers & pens, white pencil & Posca pens. This beautiful bird is native to Australia & is known for its distinctive call that somewhat sounds like human laughter.

Kookaburras are actually part of the kingfisher family. They are carnivorous birds with a unique hunting technique where they sit & wait for their prey to come within striking distance, feeding on small animals, such as snakes, insects, mice, and lizards.

They’re also one of the small number of animals that are monogamous and mate for life. They can live up to 20 years in the wild, and are known as the “bushman’s clock” because of their loud calls at dawn and dusk. And are one of the few bird species that can fly backwards.
Kookaburras are a symbol of the Australian outback and are prominently featured on the country’s currency, and play an important role in Australian folklore, often being associated with good luck and prosperity.

Thankfully, Kookaburras are considered a “least concern” species, which means they are not currently at risk of extinction, but do face constant pressure from habitat loss, & both domestic & feral cats.

Kookaburras are such fascinating creatures, and I hope my illustration captures a little of their unique personality and beauty.

If you have any ideas of what other wildlife I should draw; birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, anything… just comment below & if it inspires me, I’ll give it a whirl. :)

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