The adult Blue-winged Kookaburra, compared to the related Laughing Kookaburra, is smaller, lacks a dark mask, has more blue in the wing, and striking white eye.

Immature birds have more prominent brown bars and marks in their plumage, giving a 'dirty' appearance, and their eyes are predominantly brown for the first two years of life.

The call has been described as a maniacal cackling or barking.

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