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Blake the Blue Winged Kookaburra
About this creation
A new bird from the Oceana series of LEGO Birds

Blake the Blue Winged Kookaburra;

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Description:
The Blue-winged Kookaburra is a large kingfisher with a big square head and a long bill. It has a distinctive pale eye. The head is off-white with brown streaks, the shoulders are sky blue and it has a uniform blue rump.The throat is plain white and the underparts are white with faint scalloped orange-brown bars.The back is mid brown. Males have a dark blue tail while females' tails are barred red-brown or blackish. Otherwise the sexes are similar. The legs and feet are grey and the bill is dark above and yellowish below. Juveniles have paler streaks on the head with darker mottlings. There is slight geographical variation with plumage more buff in north-western Australia (race clifoni). The Blue-winged Kookaburra is also known as the Barking or Howling Jackass or Leach's Kookaburra. As they are shy and often quiet in the foliage they may be overlooked.

Similar species:
The Laughing Kookaburra, D. novaeguineae, is slightly larger with a slightly longer bill.The Blue-winged Kookaburra also has a head that is streaked white with a white rather than dark eye and no dark patch behind the eye. The Blue-winged Kookaburra has a bright blue wing patch and rump. The call is also quite different.

Where does it live?
Distribution:
The Blue-winged Kookaburra is found in coastal and subcoastal areas in northwest and northeast Australia,Torres Strait and Southern New Guinea. It is widespread in the Gulf Country of Queensland extending South to about Toowoomba. It is also widespread in the top end of NorthernTerritory. It is absent from the Eighty Mile beach area in Western Australia separating the Pilbara population.

Habitat:
Blue-winged Kookaburras are found in tropical and subtropical open woodlands, paperbark swamps, timber on watercourses, clearings, canefields and farmlands.

Seasonal movements:
Blue-winged Kookaburras are sedentary with local seasonal movements.

What does it do?
Feeding:
Blue-winged Kookaburras eat a wide range of invertebrates and vertebrates. They consume mainly insects, reptiles and frogs in the wetter months, and fish, crayfish, scorpions, spiders, snakes, earthworms and small birds and mammals at other times. After a controlled dive with their bill open, food is grabbed from the ground. The bill has a special groove near the end of the upper mandible which helps in holding prey. After returning to a perch, the prey is beaten and then swallowed. They show extra care when snakes are the prey. Pellets of undigested items are regurgitated and found beneath daytime perches, roosting sites and nests.

Breeding:
The nest site of the Blue-winged Kookaburra is mostly high (to about 25 m) up in natural tree hollows, sometimes in tree termite nests, or in a hole cut into the soft wood of a baobab tree. Typically, the floor of the chamber is lower than the entrance, with an overall length of 50 cm. The breeding pair share the incubation of the eggs and subsequent feeding, which extends for one to two months, and are often assisted by auxiliaries (helpers), mainly from the previous year's clutch.

Living with us
Blue-winged Kookaburras have suffered from loss of habitat resulting from land clearing, and are often killed on roads.











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Comments

 I like it 
  June 28, 2013
Just Brilliant. Well done again on the construction methods. You are the bird master. The Laughing cousin eats the smaller birds around this area. They may laugh but it is not funny. Great Work.
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  June 17, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
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  June 4, 2013
Excellent!! Cute one.
DeTomaso Pantera
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Emerald Knight
  May 29, 2013
lovely job !>.....well done
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  May 27, 2013
Beautiful. And he eats spiders! He can live in my house if it's warm enough for him...
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  May 26, 2013
Stunning! Like David said the eyes are brilliant.
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  May 26, 2013
saw some of these the otherday... nice build, but where are his feet? D:
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  May 25, 2013
Beautiful!
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  May 25, 2013
With a name like that, I guess you just HAD to build it! Nice work!
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  May 25, 2013
Love it's expression! Can't wait for the next one :)
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  May 24, 2013
I really like it! I like how you have the blue on the wings, I can't wait to see more birds.
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  May 24, 2013
Awesome! I recognized it as a kookaburra before seeing the title. Looking forward to seeing the rest...
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist One of my favourites, fantastic build. What colour is the bottom tip of his beak?
Thanks Luke, as always :-) It's either flesh or medium dark flesh, can't quite remember.
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  May 24, 2013
One of my favourites, fantastic build. What colour is the bottom tip of his beak?
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  May 24, 2013
Beautiful.
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  May 24, 2013
Another winner. >Eric
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  May 24, 2013
You are a master in this category. Fantastic workmanship not only with this creation, but all of your birds. I am in awe.
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  May 24, 2013
Yes! Kookaburras are my favorite birds. This is an awesome build of one, looks just like the real thing. Two thumbs up! :)
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  May 24, 2013
Very neat!
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  May 24, 2013
Another beautiful and fantastic bird Detomaso!
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  May 24, 2013
beautiful! I like the back!
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting Lego Builders Excellent! I especially like the head. 19 to go... :-) -LB Jr.
Actually it's till 20, built another one last night :-P
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  May 24, 2013
Quoting David Roberts A lovely looking bird. It instantly reminded me of a song that we used to sing at primary school and I haven't thought of for years. I like how you've used the headlight bricks to make intelligent looking eyes for this bird.
Yes I remember that song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQnJFVg5xUs :-)
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  May 24, 2013
Excellent! I especially like the head. 19 to go... :-) -LB Jr.
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  May 24, 2013
as always a beautiful one of this series!
 I like it 
  May 24, 2013
A lovely looking bird. It instantly reminded me of a song that we used to sing at primary school and I haven't thought of for years. I like how you've used the headlight bricks to make intelligent looking eyes for this bird.
 I like it 
  May 24, 2013
Lovely bird! all of them are so cute!
 
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