Dollarbird photographed at Walkabout Creek, Brisbane Forest Park.
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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.
open wooded areas
Food is mainly large insects that it catches in flight.
3-4 white eggs are laid in an unlined tree hollow
Arrives in northern and eastern Australia in September. Spends winter in New Guinea and nearby islands.