I was sent a link to the first video below and it immediately sent me back to my childhood watching reruns of what were already old films on Sunday afternoon television.

I'm sure I've heard this bird's vocalization in many old films, but I'd like to know who first used the sound effect of a Laughing Kookaburra bird for the purpose of creating the impression of a jungle setting?

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    I cannot do this justice as an answer, nor it is truly conclusive - but some guy had a heck of a time tracing this back to a Tarzan movie from 1938 - please read soundandthefoley.com/2013/05/30/that-jungle-sound and the research in soundandthefoley.com/2013/08/27/of-tarzan-and-kookaburras
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 19, 2020 at 10:40
  • @Tetsujin excellent! I'll give them a thorough read. Yes this actually sounds familiar, it may have indeed been an old Tarzan movie I'm remembering seeing. Thanks!
    – uhoh
    Jul 19, 2020 at 10:54
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    Looks like a US site at a guess. I'm UK & no issues here. I'f you're using a VPN, try without; some sites actively block VPNs.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 19, 2020 at 15:52
  • @Tetsujin oh it's working now and I'm enjoying them. I'm overseas and sometimes strange things happen.
    – uhoh
    Jul 19, 2020 at 16:38
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    Although not strictly in a jungle setting, I did find that the laughing Kookaburra can be heard in a series of Australian newsreels that date back to 1929.
    – Angus St.
    Aug 20, 2020 at 6:04


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