Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis, is a medium sized bird, measuring 27 to 30cm. The Dollarbird's head, neck and back are brown, with a deep blue patch on the throat. The rest of the body is brown with a turquoise wash. The deep blue underwings have a conspicuous round silvery-blue patch, said to resemble a silver dollar, which is visible during flight. The Dollarbird's bill and feet are red. The young Dollarbird have a duller body and have a dark bill. Call is a chattering, raspy cackle.
It perches on the high branches of dead trees or any prominent position from where it can launch itself. Performs acrobatic displays while catching flying insects such as cicadas, moths and beetles.
Breeds in Australia after migrating into the region for the wet season from areas such as Papua New Guinea. Nests in tree hollows, three-to-five eggs.
Places to Look
- Open woodlands
Can be seen sitting singly and conspicuously on powerlines or high bare limbs.
Loss of tree hollows used for nesting.
- Woodland Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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