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Australia's laughing kookaburra among birds in decline: study

Populations of some of Australia's iconic birds -- including the laughing kookaburra (pictured), magpie and willie wagtail -- are in decline in parts of the country, according to a report released WednesdayPopulations of some of Australia’s iconic birds — including the laughing kookaburra, magpie and willie wagtail — are in decline in parts of the country, according to a report released Wednesday, with habitat loss, feral cats and foxes among the likely threats. The State of Australia’s Birds report, published by Birdlife Australia, was compiled using data from 420,000 surveys collected by volunteers across the continent since 1998. “It’s a surprise that common birds that we see everyday like magpies or kookaburras could be in decline,” editor of Australian Birdlife Sean Dooley told AFP.

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