|Blue winged Kookaburra|
In Australia we have a children's song that we learn in preschool:
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be.
This song instills in us a love of the kookaburra and the bush and all things Australian.
But we love the kookaburra because it is a strong looking, large bird, that is not scared of much, that visits us in our parks and sits on our verandahs and has an amazing laugh: kooo,kooo, kooo, kooo, kaaa, kaaa, kaaa, kaaa, kooo, kaaa, koo, kaaa......
CLICK TO HEAR THE KOOKABURRA LAUGH
A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE SONG:
It was written in 1932 for an Australian Girl Guides competition. Marion Sinclair's entry won the competition and it has been loved ever since. As children of course we also sang many different versions of the Kookaburra Song:
Kookaburra sits on electric wire,
jumping up and down with his pants on fire.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra.
Hot your pants must be!