Kookaburra Matakana road

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Kookaburra Matakana road

Postby flossiepip » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:43 pm

Its some months since we have been on this road on the way out to Tawharanui but as with the last time we travelled the road we managed to see one Kookaburra just west of the town.
Tawharanui July 2015 061_1.JPG
Tawharanui July 2015 061_1.JPG (56.71 KiB) Viewed 1002 times
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Tawharanui July 2015 060_2.JPG (47.99 KiB) Viewed 1002 times
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Re: Kookaburra Matakana road

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:00 pm

I've traveled that road a few times and only seen one once, and it was a speck in fading light. Those are great shots you got there.
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Re: Kookaburra Matakana road

Postby simon.fordham » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:43 pm

Nice photos flossiepip!

Coincidentally, we travelled to Matakana this evening and noticed two individuals on power lines, south of the village, perhaps about 2km apart.

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Re: Kookaburra Matakana road

Postby TheBirderman » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:26 pm

I’m afraid that the Kookaburras could out-compete with Native Birdlife and become an agricultural pest.
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Re: Kookaburra Matakana road

Postby chris » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:06 pm

Im down in chch . But i have a question
Are the northland kookies blue wings.it looks like it in your photos. If so and im probably mistaken. Blue wings dont have the famous bush cry of the old tarzan movies. Which mystifies me because im sure i have read posts of annoyed locals complaining about the noise. I lived in a part of australia for many years which had both species and unlike the browns the bluewings were mainly solitary and quiet and call less.
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Re: Kookaburra Matakana road

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:52 pm

According to nzbirdsonline, we have only the Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), not the blue-winged (Dacelo leachii).
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Re: Kookaburra Matakana road

Postby sav » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:49 am

chris wrote:Im down in chch . But i have a question
Are the northland kookies blue wings.it looks like it in your photos. If so and im probably mistaken. Blue wings dont have the famous bush cry of the old tarzan movies. Which mystifies me because im sure i have read posts of annoyed locals complaining about the noise. I lived in a part of australia for many years which had both species and unlike the browns the bluewings were mainly solitary and quiet and call less.


Hi Chris,

I'm afraid that you are mistaken. For a bunch of reasons the photographed bird does not look like a Blue-winged Kookaburra. Notably the amount of blue feathers which is MUCH more in BWK. There are other plumage and structural differences.

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