Kelbara House Sign

"I SUSPECT THE KOOKABURRA, for his methods are not thorough, in his highly-praised campaign against the snakes, And the small birds one and all curse him for a cannibal, though he certainly is cheerful when he wakes." C.J. Dennis

Kookaburras, unlike others of the kingfisher family of which they are the largest member, are terrestrial tree dwellers and are an icon in their native Australia and New Guinea. They grow to a length of between 11 and 18 inches, and are best known for their unmistakable loud call that sounds very much like human chuckling, chortling, and hooting leading up to downright belly laughs. Their name is derived from the Viradjuri language – guguubarra – which mimics their laughing sound. No wonder the famous song was written, ‘Merry, merry king of the bush is he!’ though, in actual fact, the early dawn and dusk cackling chorus (sometimes nicknamed ‘bushman’s clock’) is believed to be really about announcing their territory . Who knows though? It’s hard to believe they aren’t having a good time together, whatever it is they are saying.

Kookaburras are carnivorous, eating the young of other birds as well as mice, snakes, small reptiles and insects. They have been known to take goldfish from ponds, too. They mate for life, living in holes of trees, etc. and have adapted well to humans, often living in suburban areas and becoming quite tame, inviting themselves to barbecues and begging for handouts. Interesting to note that a breeding pair will establish a territory that is year round and is also used by four or five of its grown offspring, who help in incubating eggs, keeping the young chicks warm, feeding the young and defending their parents’ territory.

The kookaburra has been one of the most popular images on our house signs. This one was hand sculpted and painted, together with hand carved text that is gilded with 23kt gold leaf.

Carved & Gilded
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Sign Size
19 " x 11 "