Impressive moment as a kookaburra, nicknamed Scruff, swallows a dead rat whole

Incredible moment when a kookaburra nicknamed Scruff swallows a dead rat whole while sitting on a couple’s balcony

  • George Trojanowski filmed the video at his home in Kiels Mountain, Queensland
  • The kookaburra sat on a balcony railing and held the dead rat with its beak
  • Mr. Trojanowski gasped when he saw the bird manage to get its feast in its mouth
  • The happy kookaburra seemed unphased as he showed his catch to the pair
  • The bird swallowed its food, leaving only the rat’s tail sticking out of its mouth
  • Mr Trojanowski said this isn’t the first time the bird has brought a ‘kill’ to show off










A shocked couple captured the dramatic moment when a kookaburra chased away a dead rat as she sat on the homeowner’s balcony.

George Trojanowski filmed the bird, nicknamed Scruff, devouring the nauseating meal at their rural home in Kiels Mountain in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland.

The video showed the hungry kookaburra sitting on the balcony railing, holding the dead rat’s head in its mouth.

George Trojanowski filmed the bird, nicknamed Scruff, eating the nauseating meal at their rural Kiels Mountain home in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland

‘Hello scruff, my goodness,’ exclaimed Mr. Trojanowski as the bird sat there with his feast.

Scruff began chewing away at the lifeless rat as he continued to move his bill and flap his wings to try to swallow his food.

Mr. Trojanowski gasped as he watched the hungry bird manage to get the rat’s body into its mouth.

Mr. Trojanowski gasped as he saw the hungry bird manage to get the rat's body into its mouth

Mr. Trojanowski gasped as he watched the hungry bird manage to get the rat’s body into its mouth

The happy kookaburra seemed unphased as he stared at the pair and showed off his catch as the rat’s paws protruded from its mouth.

“Unbelievable,” said Mr. Trojanowski in complete shock at what he saw.

While Mr. Trojanowski’s partner said to the party animal, “Scruff, no food for you for a week.”

Scruff kept biting away at the dead rat who lifted its beak to chew and swallow the rest of the rat’s body, leaving only its tail sticking out of its mouth.

Scruff continued to bite off at the dead rat lifting its beak to chew and swallow the rest of the rat's body, leaving only its tail to protrude from the kookaburra's mouth

Scruff continued to bite away at the dead rat lifting its beak to chew and swallow the rest of the rat’s body, leaving only its tail to stick out of the kookaburra’s mouth

Speaking of the impressive moment he captured, Mr. Trojanowski: “We live on a small rural estate on top of a mountain and have encouraged many wild birds to adopt our home as a refuge and give extra food every now and then.”

Trojanowski said Scruff is one of five kookaburras who regularly visit their property and is “definitely the character of the bunch,” as this isn’t the first time the cheeky bird has brought a meal to show the pair.

“He’s brought other kills for us to admire, but this rat was definitely the piece de résistance.”

Many viewers were amazed at the kookaburra’s ability to swallow the dead rat.

One wrote, “Well, I guess he didn’t need any food last night!”

While another joked, “His eyes are bigger than his stomach.”

Trojanowski said Scruff is one of five kookaburras who regularly visit their property and it's not the first time he's brought a meal to show the pair

Trojanowski said that Scruff is one of five kookaburras who regularly visit their property and that it’s not the first time he’s brought a meal to show the pair.

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