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A name for the kookaburra and other Australian birds with loud piercing calls:‘there are several alarm birds in different sections of the bush’
- ‘The laughing jackass is one nickname for the kookaburra, with other names including jacko and alarm bird.’
- ‘It's been well documented that if the alarm bird is after a particular juicy insect in the air and someone else is going to beat it to it, it will give the alarm call.’
- ‘Settlers came up with a common name with reference to this predictable timing: 'Alarm Bird'.’
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