Blue-winged Kookaburra

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 June 2010
Scientific Name
Dacelo leachii
  • Coraciiformes
  • Halcyonidae
  • Dacelo
  • D. leachii
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 to 17 inches
9 to 12 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) ledňák kukabura
Danish (Dansk) Hvidhovedet Latterfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Blauwvleugelkookaburra
Finnish (Suomi) sininauraja
French (Français) Martin-chasseur à ailes bleues
German (Deutsch) Haubenliest
Italian (Italiano) Kookaburra aliazzurre
Japanese (日本語) アオバネワライカワセミ (aobanewaraikawasemi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Larmekokaburra
Polish (Polski) kukabura modroskrzydla
Russian (русский язык) Голубокрылая
Spanish (Español) Cucaburra Aliazul
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