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Blue-winged Kookaburra - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by keith h
Darwin, Australia, September 2008
Dacelo leachii


40 cm

  • Light iris
  • Grey legs and feet
  • Head: creamy-white with brown streaks
  • Bill: dark above and yellowy below
  • Brown back
  • Silver grey underparts
  • White throat
  • Blue rump
  • Mainly blue wings

Male - blue tail
Female - tail barred rufous and black

Similar Species

Can be told from the Laughing Kookaburra by the creamy-white head, blue rump and light eye, and from the male, by the blue tail (both sexes have brown tails in Laughing Kookaburra).


Southern New Guinea and northern Australia.



There are 4 subspecies:

  • D. l. intermedia:
  • Southern New Guinea (Mimika River to Amazon Bay)
  • South-western Irian Jaya (Mimika River to Merauke District)
  • D. l. occidentalis:
  • Northwest Australia (Hamersley and Pilbara regions)
  • D. l. cervina:
  • D. l. leachii:


Eucalypt woods and swamps.



The diet includes snakes, lizards, large insects, small mammals and small birds.


They nest in tree hollow or tree termite nests. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Birdwatching Australia

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