Australian Bush Birds
Blue-winged Kookaburra  -  Dacelo leachii
Blue-wing Kookaburra has staring white eyes (Cumberland Chimney, nr Georgetown, Qld)
map map The Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) is similar in shape to the Laughing Kookaburra but has staring white eye. Head is streaked dark brown with no eye-streak. Back is brown, lower back light blue. Wings mostly blue; tail deep blue with white tip. Females have red tails barred with dark blue; females are larger.

Lives in family parties of up to about ten birds. Inhabits open forest, woodland, tropical woodlands and along tree-lined rivers.

The Blue-winged Kookaburra has a different call to the Laughing Kookaburra; this call is best described as a cackling scream with several other birds following in an unsynchronised cacophony.

Sedentary or only local movement. Moderately common. Version found in the Pilbara (version occidentalis) is larger with whiter head and thinner streaks; found in the Kimberley, Top End, Barkly and eastern Queensland.