Blue-winged Kookaburra

Blue-winged Kookaburra

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 Kookaburra looking to the left showing detail of feathers and beak.

 

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 Kookaburra in profile view from neck up.

 

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.

 

Blue Winged Kookaburra in profile view showing off blue feathers.

 

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.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Dacelo

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    leachii

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    38 - 42 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    300 - 320 grams

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    26 days