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Blue-winged Kookaburra

Description: The Blue-winged Kookaburra is a large kingfisher with a big square head and a long bill. It has distinctive pale eyes, head is off-white with brown streaks, the shoulders are sky blue and it has a uniform blue rump. The throat is plain white and the under parts are white with faint scalloped orange-brown bars and back is mid brown. Males have a dark blue tail while females’ tails are barred red-brown or blackish, otherwise the sexes are similar. The legs and feet are grey and the bill is dark above and yellowish below. Juveniles have paler streaks on the head with darker uneven spots.

Scientific Names: Dacelo leachii

Size: 38-42 centimetres in length, with average weight of 310g

Food: They eat a wide range of invertebrates and vertebrates. They consume mainly insects, reptiles and frogs in the wetter months, and fish, crayfish, scorpions, spiders, snakes, earthworms and small birds and mammals at other times.

Where Found: Found in coastal and subcoastal areas in northwest and northeast Australia, Torres Strait and Southern New Guinea. It is widespread in the Gulf Country of Queensland extending South to about Toowoomba. It is also widespread in the top end of Northern Territory.

Habitat and Breeding: Blue-winged Kookaburras are found in tropical and subtropical open woodlands, paperbark swamps, clearings, canefields and farmlands.

Breeding season is September to January, where the Blue-winged Kookaburra will construct a nest high (about 25 m) up in the natural tree hollows and sometimes in tree termite nests. The breeding pair share the incubation of 2-5 eggs for about 26 days.

Dacelo leachii



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