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.
Open woodlands, paperbark swamps, timber along watercourses, farmlands.
large insects, lizards, snakes, amphibians, small mammals, birds Large prey is killed by swinging it against a branch or fence.
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.
coastal and sub coastal areas in northwest and northeast Australia, Torres Strait and Southern New Guinea.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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.
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Relatives in same Genus
Laughing Kookaburra (D. novaeguineae)