The Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) is one of the largest members of the kingfisher family. It has a streaked head and blue wings and rump and a characteristic extended manic laughing call. This forest-dwelling bird is common throughout most of northern Australia and southern New Guinea.
The call is loud and maniacal and ends abruptly. Morning and evening songs by the family group announce territory.
Kookaburras mate for life. (Miami MetroZoo - January 24, 2004)
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