The San Diego Zoo currently has laughing kookaburras and Micronesian, blue-breasted, woodland, and white-breasted kingfishers. Kookaburras will be featured in the Zoo’s new Australian Outback exhibit, set to open in May 2013. As of September 2012, the San Diego Zoo has had 61 Micronesian kingfisher hatchings.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has laughing kookaburras and rang in 2013 with the successful hatch of a Micronesian kingfisher, the 27th to hatch at the Park.
Once found throughout the island of Guam in the Mariana Islands, the Micronesian kingfisher’s population declined dramatically due to predation by the introduce brown tree snake. This bird is now extinct in the wild, and the captive population numbers 150, making it the rarest species in San Diego Zoo Global’s avian collection.