Check out Australia Zoo’s Blue-winged Kookaburra!
Get up close and personal with our gorgeous blue-winged kookaburras here at Australia Zoo. Keep your eyes peeled for our Wandering Wildlife Team and don’t miss the Birds Show LIVE! as these true-blue Aussies take to the sky!
Blue-winged kookaburras are a large member of the kingfisher family. They are found throughout northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Easily identifiable by their large, powerful beaks and beautiful blue wings these birds are a sight to see and hear out in the Australian bush. Unlike their cousin the laughing kookaburra, blue winged kookaburras don’t laugh. Instead, they have a very distinct screech, sing and slight cackle ending in a loud ‘ow’ vocalisation.
Blue-winged kookaburras are carnivorous, using their keen eyesight and powerful beaks they will ambush their unsuspecting prey from above! Prey includes small reptiles, frogs, fish, scorpions, spiders, rodents and earthworms.
Like many Australian animals, blue-winged kookaburras fall victim to road trauma and habitat destruction. Always be on the look out for wildlife when you are driving, especially on country roads.
38 - 42 centimetres
300 - 320 grams