Bird Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

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Common Name: Dollarbird

Scientific Name: Eurystomus orientalis

Family: Coraciidae

Order: Coraciiformes

Other Names: NA.

Distribution: Arrives in northern and eastern Australia in September each year to breed. In March or April the birds return to New Guinea and adjacent islands to spend the winter.

Habitat: Inhabits open wooded areas, normally with mature, hollow-bearing trees suitable for nesting.

Field Notes: Sole Australian representative of the Roller family, so named because of their rolling courtship display flight. The Dollarbird visits Australia each year to breed. It has mostly dark brown upperparts, washed heavily with blue-green on the back and wing coverts. The breast is brown, while the belly and undertail coverts are light, and the throat and undertail glossed with bright blue. The flight feathers of the wing and tail are dark blue. The short, thick-set bill is orange-red, tipped with black. In flight, the pale blue coin-shaped patches towards the tips of its wings, that gave the bird its name, are clearly visible. Size 26 - 31 cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Kinbombi,QLD.

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One in good sunlight highlighting beautiful colouration.
Photo by auscraft. Location: Kilkivan, QLD. Dec 2011

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