Blue-winged Kookaburra – Square Paper Print


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Artist Statement

Whilst many are quick to point out to me that Kookaburras are not native to Western Australia, this particular species, the Blue Winged Kookaburra, is actually native to the top end of WA. It doesn’t have the distinctive laughing noise that you would normally associate with Kookaburras – when I first travelled to the Kimberley it took me a while to figure out what the bird calls I was hearing actually were until I realised it was them! 

Botanical Description

Kookaburras are land based kingfishers. The blue-winged specie’s distribution is from Southern New Guinea through the moister parts of Northern Australia, to the vicinity of Brisbane in Southern Queensland across the Top End and as far down the Western Australian coast as the Shark Bay area. However, it does not occur between Broome and Port Hedland. Measuring around 40cm, it is slightly smaller than the more familiar laughing Kookaburra. Its call is more abrasive that that of the laughing, and it ends rather abruptly. Found in family groups of up to 12 individuals, it lives in open savannah woodland and Melaleuca swamps, as well as farmlands. It hunts and eats a great variety of animals that live on or close to the ground; mainly insects, lizards and frogs but also crayfish, scorpions, spiders, fish, earthworms, small birds and rodents. Kookaburra is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra.

Helen Ansell Fine Art Paper Print – also available as a Square Canvas Print.



Helen Ansell Fine Art Paper Prints are now available as giclée quality prints using Fine Art smooth paper 220gsm. Using archival ink, all have a lightfastness under glass and away from direct sunlight of greater than 200 years. Fine Art Paper Prints available in three sizes:

  1. Small – 30 x 30cm including white border of 5cm (made to fit a 30 x 30cm frame) – Actual image size is 20x20cm.
  2. Medium – 40 x 40cm including white border of 5cm – Actual image size is 30x30cm.
  3. Large  – 50 x 50cm including white border of 5cm – Actual image size is 40x40cm.

Printed in Australia.

*Please allow up to 6 business days for your purchase to be posted. Beautiful art requires time to be printed, each print is made to order just for you.

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