Sydney Trains driver rescues injured kookaburra stuck on the tracks

Heartwarming photo shows the moment a train driver stops his morning commute to help an injured kookaburra stuck on the tracks – before bringing it on board

  • Sydney Trains driver rescues kookaburra after bird becomes stuck on the tracks
  • Driver spotted bird on Sunday after it refused to fly off despite beeping his horn
  • He wrapped the bird up in a hi-vis vest and placed it inside a cardboard box  

A Sydney Trains driver stopped his morning service to rescue a kookaburra after the injured bird became stuck on the tracks. 

The driver spotted the kookaburra lying on the railway while driving towards Sydney on Sunday as the native bird refused to fly off after beeping his horn. 

A passenger on the train said the kookaburra was looking ‘a bit worse for wear’ as it laid casually between the tracks. 

Sydney Trains driver has rescued a kookaburra and wrapped the bird in a high-vis vest after it became stuck on the tracks on Sunday (pictured)

‘He (the driver) stopped the train just in time, jumped out and picked up the kookaburra in a spare vest,’ the passenger wrote online.  

The train driver flagged down some workmates who later drove up to help their co-worker with his rescue.  

The commuter posted an image on Facebook of the driver and his colleagues standing outside the train with the kookaburra inside a cardboard box. 

The native bird was later brought to a wildlife centre for observation. 

‘Here’s hoping the kookaburra has a speedy recovery,’ he said. 

Daily Mail has contacted NSW Transport for comment.  

The driver spotted the injured bird after it refused to fly off despite beeping his horn (pictured: stock image of kookaburra)

Kookaburra Facts  


Laughing Kookaburra’s are generally off-white below, with dark brown and brown marks on the back and wings.  


The birds, famous for their laugh, are found throughout eastern Australia. 

Behaviour and feeding: 

Kookaburras typically feed on insects, worms and crustaceans but small snakes, mammals, frogs and birds may also be eaten.


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