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Australian Tropical Birds

Dacelo leachii 43 cm

Identifying characteristcs:

  • Has a large, cream-white head that is streaked brown.
  • It has a brown back and its wings are mostly blue.
  • The rump and tail are also blue on the male, but the female has a reddish-brown barred tail.  
  • Differences from Laughing Kookaburra are: blue rump, cream-white head and light eye colour.

Distribution and Habitat:

  • In Australia the Blue-winged Kookaburra is distributed widely in tropical and subtropical eucalypt woodlands.

  • It lives in eucalypt forests and paperbark swamps.


  • Live on a wide variety of prey including snakes, lizards, large insects, small mammals, frogs and the odd small bird.

Additional Information:

  • This species differs from the better known 'Laughing Kookaburra' in having a relatively bigger, more streaked head, and much more prettier blue areas on the wing.

  • The call is not as much a rolling laugh, but a loud, screaming cackle.

  • It essentially lives in the woodlands across the tropical top of Australia, extending down the east coast into north-eastern N.S.W.

Script courtesy of Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey

Additional Blue-winged Kookaburra photo


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