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Blue-winged Kookaburra

(Dacelo leachii)
Alternate name(s): "Leach's Kingfisher", "Blue-rumped Kingfisher", "Howling Jackass", "Barking Jackass", "Queensland Kookaburra"
Size: 38-42 cm
Weight: 260-330 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Blue-winged Kookaburra at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "leachii"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Blue-winged Kookaburra (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Near Darwin, NT, June 2011]

Near-frontal view of a male Blue-winged Kookaburra (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, summer 2011]

Lateral view of a Blue-winged Kookaburra; the blue edges of the tail feathers indicate that this is a male bird; note the brilliant blue reflection of light off the wing feathers (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Near Darwin, NT, June 2011]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra; note the unusual dark colouring of this individual
[Near Darwin, NT, October 1997]

Lateral view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, summer 2011]

Lateral view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alyangula, Groote Eylandt, NT, September 2014]

Lateral view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Paru, Melville Island, NT, September 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra in evening sunlight (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, summer 2011]

Dorsal view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra; note the prominently visible barred brown tail characterising this bird as a female (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, summer 2011]

Dorsal view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra; note the prominently visible barred brown tail characterising this bird as a female (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, summer 2011]

Lateral view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra in captivity (photo courtesy of J. Thurmer)

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive Elementary unit: Family clan

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