Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) a terrestrial tree Kingfishers (Alcedinidae) native to Australia & New Guinea. Yes, they do have a call that sounds uncannily like loud, like hysterical human laughter. . . "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree . . . Merry, merry king of the bush is he . . . Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra! . . . Gay your life must be!