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03-AUG-2003 Copyright 2005 Robert

Blue-winged Kookaburra

Jurong Birdpark, Singapore

Scientific name: Dacelo leachii (Vigors & Horsfield, 1826).

Kookaburras are only found in Australia. They are members of the Kingfisher family. There are 2 types: The Laughing Kookaburra which is mostly
found in the bushlands of Eastern Australia and the Blue-Winged Kookaburra found in Mangrove swamps in the North of Australia. Kookaburras live
in family groups, together they look after their bush territory, defending it from all other birds. The family often sit together on a tree branch
and when they need to chase away trespassers they do so by criss-crossing over each other in flight.

The blue-winged kookaburra has a harsh crackling screaming call, unlike its cousin, the laughing kookaburra. whose call is known worldwide.

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/30s f/7.1 at 70.0mm iso200 with flash
full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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