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Blue-winged Kookaburra

Blue-winged Teal
Blue-throated Macaw

About the Blue-winged Kookaburra

Also known as: Barking Jackass, Blue-winged Kingfisher, Fawn-breasted Kingfisher, Howling Jackass, Jackass, Leach's Kingfisher

The Blue-winged Kookaburra is a large, stocky species of kingfisher native to Australia and New Guinea. They are named for their lovely blue wings; they also sport brown shoulders and blue rumps. Males have blue tails, while female tails are rufous.

Blue-winged Kookaburras are carnivorous. They are skilled land hunters and eat a wide variety of prey, including reptiles, frogs, small birds, snakes, insects, and small mammals.

Blue-winged Kookaburras are cooperative breeders, and will live in family groups of up to 12 birds. Their preferred habitat is open woodland, paperback swamp, or developed farmland.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 June 2010
Scientific Name Dacelo leachii
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Dacelo
  • D. leachii
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
15 to 17 inches
9 to 12 ounces
Range Southeast Asia Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • ledňák kukabura (Czech)
  • Hvidhovedet Latterfugl (Danish)
  • Blauwvleugelkookaburra (Dutch)
  • sininauraja (Finnish)
  • Martin-chasseur à ailes bleues (French)
  • Haubenliest (German)
  • Kookaburra aliazzurre (Italian)
  • アオバネワライカワセミ (aobanewaraikawasemi) (Japanese)
  • Larmekokaburra (Norwegian)
  • kukabura modroskrzydla (Polish)
  • Голубокрылая (Russian)
  • Cucaburra Aliazul (Spanish)