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Blue-winged Kookaburra

(Dacelo leachii)
Alternate name(s): "Leach's Kingfisher", "Blue-rumped Kingfisher", "Howling Jackass", "Barking Jackass", "Queensland Kookaburra"
Aboriginal name(s): "garrukal" [yolngu]

Size: 38-42 cm
Weight: 260-330 g

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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]

Near-lateral view of a male Blue-winged Kookaburra (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mount Molloy, QLD, July 2018]

Lateral view of a male Blue-winged Kookaburra, with a clear view of its blue tail feathers (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Dorsal view of a male Blue-winged Kookaburra (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Ventral view of a male Blue-winged Kookaburra - the sex was determined based on another photo not shown here
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, October 2017]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Blue-winged Kookaburra; note the brown edges to the tail feathers
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Nitmiluk NP, near Katherine, NT, December 2017]

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)
[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 (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Nitmiluk NP, near Katherine, NT, December 2017]

Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a male Blue-winged Kookaburra - the sex was determined based on another photo not shown here
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Behaviour

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

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