he may not laugh but he has got beautiful blue wings

In Michael Morcombe and David Stewart’s excellent Australian Birds app, the blue-winged kookaburra is described thus:

“More colourful than [the] Laughing Kookaburra but has rather unpleasant, staring white eyes.”

You be the judge.

The first three photos are of one visitor who popped in around dinner time on our first camping night in Purnululu National Park. He was so impressive (and somewhat of a poser) that I felt he deserved a post of his own.  He returned the next morning with two mates.

Note that he is not called the Blue winged Laughing Kookaburra like his eastern less colourful cousin. That is because he has the unfortunate incapacity to complete the laugh sequence. His colour, though, is sufficient compensation for his vocal limitations.

Blue winged Kookaburra 3Blue winged Kookaburra stare

Blue winged Kookaburra 2

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