Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Blue-winged Kookaburra
Dacelo leachii
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Click to listen to sound sample If you think Laughing Kookaburras are noisy, you should hear a group of Blue-wings!!

Blue-winged Kookaburras occur right across northern Australia (and southern New Guinea), south to the Pilbara region in W.A, and down to near Brisbane in Queensland. Right down the coast of Queensland, they overlap with the Laughing Kookaburra, albeit in different habitats in many places, but they can occur in adjoining territories, where sometimes there can be aggressive interaction.

Blue-winged and Laughing Kookaburras have very similar life-histories but Blue-wings perhaps prefer slightly more humid habitats nearer to water in some places. and choose a greater variety of nest sites, such as in arborial termite nests and in baobab trees.

Photo: 323200

323200 ... Blue-winged Kookaburra, male, with blue tail.

Photo: 323201

323201 ... Blue-winged Kookaburra, female with brown tail.

Photo: 323202

323202 ... Blue-winged Kookaburra, female

Photo: 323204

323204 ... Blue-winged Kookaburra, male

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