The blue-winged kookaburra is very similar to the well-known laughing kookaburra. Blue-winged Kookaburras have a much brighter colouration and are more top-heavy than the considerably shyer laughing kookaburra.
Primarily they are found in savanna woodland but also may inhabit timbered creek areas, parks and gardens. The blue-winged kookaburra is distributed through coastal north Australia from the Pilbara in the west to just south of Brisbane.
The blue-winged kookaburra appears to hunt and eat a high proportion of snakes, possibly because these are more common in the tropics. They will also eat smail reptiles, frogs, insects and other invertebrates Most prey is taken on the ground by hunting from a perch. Prey is seized with the bill after a gliding flight. Kookaburras may often be seen beating their food against a perch area. This is to help breakup the bones and tendons, as well as tendering the food for easier digestion.
Generally a single pair raises the young but occasionally they will cooperatively breed. Breeding occurs between September and November. Blue-winged kookaburras nest in arboreal termite mounds or tree hollows. They show a strong preference for Poplar Gum (Eucalyptus alba).