Blue-winged kookaburras are the smaller, quieter relative of the well-known laughing kookaburra. Blue-winged kookaburras live along water bodies, and where the living space of the two kookaburra species overlaps, it is not unusual to see blue-winged kookaburras and laughing kookaburras together.
Blue-winged kookaburras mate for life and live in family groups consisting of a breeding pair, their current chicks, and offspring from previous years. Offspring usually live with their parents for several years, perfecting the skills required to find a mate and establish a territory of their own.
Blue-winged kookaburras are carnivores. They eat a wide variety of prey including insects, frogs, crayfish, small birds, spiders, worms, reptiles and small mammals. Large prey items like lizards and snakes are bashed against a tree or rock, to kill them and soften them before they are eaten.