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  Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)





Blue-winged Kookaburra | Dacelo leachii photo
Blue-winged Kookaburra

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Blue-winged Kookaburra | Dacelo leachii photo
A male Blue-winged Kookabura at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire, England.

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Blue-winged Kookaburra | Dacelo leachii photo
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) -female

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Blue-winged Kookaburra is a stocky bird with large head and a short neck and blunt tail. Beak is fairly long and sturdy. It has a cream head with brown streaks. The wings and rump are blue. The throat is white and underparts are patterned with light orange-brown bars. Males have a dark blue tail while female tail is brown barred with some blue. The ye is white.

Size
40cm

Habitat
Open woodlands, paperbark swamps, timber along watercourses, farmlands.

Food
large insects, lizards, snakes, amphibians, small mammals, birds Large prey is killed by swinging it against a branch or fence.

Breeding
hollow trees or holes in termite mounds on trees. The floor of the nesting hole is about 50cm from the entrance. 2-5 white eggs hatch after 26 day incubation.

Range
coastal and sub coastal areas in northwest and northeast Australia, Torres Strait and Southern New Guinea.

distribution map showing range of Dacelo leachii in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Notes
The Blue-winged Kookaburra has a harsher sound than the Laughing Kookaburra. The Laughing Kookaburra has a brown eye stripe - the Blue-winged Kookaburra does not. The Blue-winged kookaburra has a blue tail and a much more blue in the wing. The Blue-winged Kookaburra has a pale eye, the Laughing kookaburra has a brown eye.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Alcedinidae
Genus:Dacelo
Species:leachii
Common Name:Blue-winged Kookaburra

Relatives in same Genus
  Laughing Kookaburra (D. novaeguineae)