The less-common northern relative of the Laughing Kookaburra, this bird has an even more demented laugh. As with other large kingfishers, their prey is mostly small lizards, frogs and insects. They will also take fish and other aquatic creatures and the diet varies with the wet and dry seasons. They are quite similar in appearance to the Laughing Kookaburra and can be told by the white eye (although juveniles have brown eyes) and lighter facial markings as wel as being slightly smaller (average of 40 cm for Blue-winged compared to 42 cm for Laughing).
1: Tinaroo Creek Road, Mareeba, Qld, 10/03/2012.