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Blue Winged Kookaburra

Blue Winged Kookaburra

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Scientific Name:

Dacelo leachii


Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.


Carnivore. Mainly invertebrates (grasshoppers, crickets, mantids, stick-insects, beetles, cicadas, ants, bees, wasps, insects larvae, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, crabs, snails, earthworms), small vertebrates (small fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, freshwater terrapins, small birds, bird eggs, small mammals).


Habitat:  Savanna woodland, eucalyptus, mangrove and monsoon forest, cultivated land with trees, parks, gardens.

Incubation: 25-26 days / 2-3 eggs

Social structure: Pairs or family groups of up to 12 birds.

Weight: male 322g max, female 370g max

Dimensions: 38-41cm  


Lifespan:  12-15 

Estimated population in the wild: Fairly common / common


Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. Τhe offspring of previous years, 1–4 years old, assist with territory defense, preparation of nest, incubation, and brooding and feeding nestlings and fledglings.
  2. Although Kookaburras are in the ‘Tree Kingfisher’ family, they don’t need to live near water and fish isn’t a major part of their diet.
  3. According to Aboriginal legends, the Kookaburras call at sunrise, as the Creator assigned them the task of waking up all the other animals.
  4. Like the raptors, kookaburra use their excellent vision to find prey

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