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Large kingfisher with a big square head and a long bill. Has a distinctive pale eye. Head is off-white with brown streaks, the shoulders are sky blue and it has a uniform blue rump. The throat is plain white and the underparts are white with faint scalloped orange-brown bars. The back is mid brown. Males have a dark blue tail while females' tails are barred red-brown or blackish. Otherwise the sexes are similar. The legs and feet are grey and the bill is dark above and yellowish below.
Uses open forest, semi-arid wood-land, tropical woodlands, tree-lined rivers.
My first reference for identification: The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds, Mobile App. Second reference: http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/blue...