Distinguishing between male & female Kookaburras

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Subject: Distinguishing between male & female Kookaburras
From: Robin Eckermann <>
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:18:55 +0000

This pair of Kookaburras regularly visit a holiday house near Batemans Bay. I would appreciate any advice as to distinguishing between the male and female. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

           or Female? Male
          or Female?

Although the head structure appears slightly different, Kookaburras have the ability to flatten their head feathers, so I don't think this is a differentiator. The bird on the left has slightly darker head colouring - and the dark stripe below the eye is slightly darker, longer and more rectangular than the stripe on its mate. Any tips on gender identification would be appreciated.

Regards ... Robin Eckermann
Phone: 02-6161-6161 (w) 0418-630-555 (m)

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