The call of the laughing kookaburra is distinctly Australian. Despite this, the sound of its laugh has mistakenly been used to provide background sounds in movies about jungles in Africa and South America. Take a look inside this book to find out how the kookaburra's real lifestyle is much more fascinating than its fake celebrity one!
Australia has been an island continent surrounded by oceans for millions of years. During this long, long time, its animals have evolved into species that are unique and precious.
Covered with feathers, fur, spikes or scales, Australia's wild creatures can be beautiful, frightening and even dangerous.
Although all Australians know what kangaroos or koalas look like and where they live, there are many other local animals whose ways of life are still a mystery, even to scientists.
Find out about Australia's wonderful animals in this series, then look at them in a whole new way the next time you have a chance to get up close at a zoo, in the wild or in your own backyard.