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Information for Blue-winged kookaburra - Dacelo leachii

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Blue-winged kookaburra
Dacelo leachii

Slightly smaller than the Laughing kookaburra, the Blue-winged kookaburra is native to the rainforest areas of northern Australia and southern New Guinea.

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Blue-winged kookaburra - Dacelo leachii - Photo by Lydia Hinton

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It can be distinguished from the Laughing kookaburra by the lack of the dark face mask, more blue in the wings and being slightly smaller. It also has a heavier bill.

It usually hunts lizards, frogs and insects on the ground, however will also take fish and other water creatures.

Breeding is usually between September and December, and it will lay 3 to 4 eggs in a hollow high in a tree. They are raised by their parents and "helper birds", which is usually previous years young. The young need to be taught how to hunt.