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Why this kookaburra and guinea fowl are causing headaches for neighbours

A number of kookaburras and a dim-witted guinea fowl are slowly sending some locals ‘mad’ in a tropical Australian town.

Virtually every morning around 6am, Malanda resident Carol Holt is woken by a series of laughing kookaburras and a confused guinea fowl who appears to have lost its bearings.

Malanda is located in the Atherton Tabelands, in Tropical North Queensland, 85km from Cairns.

Ms Holt said the birds sit outside her bedroom window before chirping in unison, often in high numbers.

The kookaburra and the guinea fowl (pictured above) are causing havoc for residents in Tropical North Queensland

The kookaburra and the guinea fowl (pictured above) are causing havoc for residents in Tropical North Queensland

The kookaburra and the guinea fowl (pictured above) are causing havoc for residents in Tropical North Queensland

A guinea fowl in Malanda, in tropical North Queensland, is causing dramas for residents after losing its bearings on a daily basis (stock image)

A guinea fowl in Malanda, in tropical North Queensland, is causing dramas for residents after losing its bearings on a daily basis (stock image)

A guinea fowl in Malanda, in tropical North Queensland, is causing dramas for residents after losing its bearings on a daily basis (stock image)

‘There are a heap of kookaburras but there’s also a guinea fowl that keeps getting lost,’ she said.

‘It (guinea fowl) is not very smart, she just screams until the others come and get her.

‘Sometimes up to 12 birds are out there singing at one time.’

Holt also believes a new generation of guinea fowls will soon appear, with a number of the mothers appearing to be laying eggs nearby.

‘How wonderful, even more noise,’ she joked, before adding it is ‘nice to have noisy neighbours that are kind of lovely.’ 

Guinea fowls typically are ‘homebodies’ as well as being terrific insect hunters. 

In some cases, particularly on Australian farms, they are family pets.

Generally they only lay 100 eggs each year as they are very particular about access to warm and dry conditions.

Experts often determine the sex of the bird based on the sound of their call. Male and female guinea fowls make distinctly different noises.

Guinea fowls are often utilised by farmers as an efficient source of pest control (stock image)

Guinea fowls are often utilised by farmers as an efficient source of pest control (stock image)

Guinea fowls are often utilised by farmers as an efficient source of pest control (stock image)

Kookaburras in the area are waking up locals as soon as the sun rises with their collective cackling (stock image)

Kookaburras in the area are waking up locals as soon as the sun rises with their collective cackling (stock image)

Kookaburras in the area are waking up locals as soon as the sun rises with their collective cackling (stock image)

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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