Albino kookaburras share the laughs
IT'S a rare double act - two blue winged albino baby kookaburras have shown up at a wildlife sanctuary at Ravenshoe.
Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital founder Harry Kunz, who is caring for the pair, believes they are the only ones in captivity in Australia.
"No one I have spoken to has ever heard of, or seen albino blue wing kookaburras before. There are a few albino laughing kookaburras around but not the blue-winged variety – so these guys are extremely rare."
Mr Kunz said albino birds rarely live long in the wild because they have no camouflage and are an easy target.
"The chances of these two surviving in the wild would have been very slim – they are just out of the nest," he said.
"They are a miracle, sent from heaven and so gorgeous."
An unknown person left the baby kookaburras at Mr Kunz’s property last week.
"I hope whoever it was comes forward. I would like to find out exactly where the birds were found," Mr Kunz said.
"I know it was somewhere in the Tablelands but I would like to know more."
Mr Kunz welcomes visitors to Eagles Nest, where he cares for a variety of wildlife.
Go to www.wildlife-sanctuary.info for more information or phone 4097 6098.
See more pictures of the albino kookaburras at our online picture gallery.
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A bird in the hand: Harry Kunz is caring for the albino birds.