Distribution: North-west Australia and Papua New Guinea
Habitat: Woodland, open forests and swamps
Description: The Blue-winged Kookaburra is white or cream in colour with brown wings and tail. Its shoulders and rump are marked with bright blue. Its head is square with brown streaks around the forehead and eyes, and a long, thick bill that is brown on top and cream below. Adult males have a blue tail.
Diet: Blue-winged Kookaburras are carnivores. They take a wide variety of prey including insects, frogs, crayfish, small birds, spiders, worms, reptiles and small mammals.
In the wild: Blue-winged Kookaburras live in family groups of up to eight individuals consisting of a breeding pair – who mate for life, their current brood of young and their offspring from previous years. Young Blue-winged Kookaburras normally live with their parents for several years and help with caring for younger siblings, building nests and defending their territory. This helps them to perfect the skills they need to find a mate and establish a territory of their own.
Threats: Habitat loss is the main threat to Blue-winged Kookaburras. However, they are also often killed by cars and are threatened by the spread of the Cane Toad. Cane Toads excrete a toxin that is lethal to many Australian animals.
At Perth Zoo: Blue-winged Kookaburras can be seen in the walk-in aviary next to the Meerkats Café.