Spangled Kookaburras

Spangled Kookaburras or Aru Giant Kingfishers (Dacelo tyro)

The Spangled Kookaburras (Dacelo tyro) – also known as Giant Kingfisher or Aru Giant Kingfisher – is a Kookaburra found only on the Aru Islands in the province of Maluku in Eastern Indonesia and the Trans Fly savanna and grasslands of southern New Guinea. This species is uncommon within its range. A shy, reclusive bird, the Spangled Kookaburras keeps to itself.

A Spangled Kookaburra In The Tree
A Spangled Kookaburra In The Tree


A strikingly beautiful bird, The Spangled Kookaburras inhabits grasslands and dense rainforests. Its bright blue wings and tail, white chest, and belly, dark-coloured eyes and black head spangled with white make this a spectacular bird to encounter. The wings are shades of brilliant blue, while the long, straight beak is bi-coloured: blue on top and white on the bottom.

Little is known of the family life or breeding biology of the Spangled Kookaburra. Other Kookaburras nest in hollows in trees, so this bird’s nesting habits may be similar. Its feeding habits are most likely similar to other forest-dwelling kookaburras.

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