Blue-winged Kookaburra

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Dacelo leachii

Description

Size 39-40cms.

Has a big, square white head with brown streaks, a white eye and massive bill, dark above and pale below. It has a brown back, with light blue shoulders and blue wings. The male has a deep blue tail while the female’s tail is rufous/brown. The Bluewinged Kookaburra is more colourful than the Laughing Kookaburra. The call, a rising and falling series of harsh ringing cackles, often between two or more family members.

Feeding Habits

Feeds mainly on large insects, small lizards, snakes and frogs. Hunts from a tree perch to observe prey, mostly on the ground.

Breeding

Breeds between September and November in tree hollows. Lives in family groups and defends a territory throughout the year. Older offspring will stay with the parents and assist in rearing the young.

Traditional Owner Values

Manbarra Language Name : Bingunburra meaning Guardian

Story

The kookaburra is a guardian bird, and travels as a protector.

Places to Look

Open forest, woodlands, parks and gardens.

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

© Birdlife Townsville
© Birdlife Townsville
© Birdlife Townsville

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