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  Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)





Dollarbird | Eurystomus orientalis photo
Dollarbird photographed at Walkabout Creek, Brisbane Forest Park.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



DOLLARBIRD FACTS

Description
The Dollarbird has mostly dark brown upperparts with blue-green on the back and wings. The breast is brown and underside is light. The throat and underside of the tail is bright blue. It is a sturdy bird with an unusual swooping flight. There is a large white spot on the underside of each wing, giving it the name "dollar" bird. It is a summer migrant to Australia.

Other Names
Broad-billed Roller

Size
28cm

Habitat
open wooded areas

Food
Food is mainly large insects that it catches in flight.

Breeding
3-4 white eggs are laid in an unlined tree hollow

Range
Arrives in northern and eastern Australia in September. Spends winter in New Guinea and nearby islands.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Coraciidae
Genus:Eurystomus
Species:orientalis
Common Name:Dollarbird