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Dollarbird

(Eurystomus orientalis)
Alternate name(s): "Oriental Roller", "Oriental Dollarbird", "Dollar Roller". "Broad-billed Roller"
Size: 25-29 cm
Weight: 70-125 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Dollarbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "pacificus"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Dollarbird; note the characteristic blue throat patch and the black tip of its bill
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Anstead Reserve, Anstead, QLD, November 2018]

Frontal view of an adult Dollarbird (photo courtesy of R. Druce)

For comparison, two frontal views of Dollarbirds perched in trees; when sitting out in sunlight, one can discern the subtle colour pattern (left), while when sitting in the shade and/or being illuminated from behind (right) the bird is very inconspicuous, with dark green/grey/brown colours, except for its orange bill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, November 2007/2015]

Close-up lateral view of a Dollarbird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Sandy Camp Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, March 2018]

Lateral view of a Dollarbird
[Eulah Creek, NSW, November 2011]

Lateral view of a Dollarbird; note the blue patch on its throat and the prominent orange bill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, November 2011]

The same Dollarbird as shown above, slightly different posture
[Eulah Creek, NSW, November 2011]

Lateral view of a Dollarbird from below; this is the Dollarbird whose calls were recorded on 31 October 2014

Near-dorsal view of a Dollarbird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Toorbul, Brisbane, QLD, September 2017]

This is not seen often by us - a Dollarbird on the ground; in this case on our driveway
[Eulah Creek, NSW, November 2011]

Dollarbird seen preening
[Eulah Creek, NSW, November 2011]

3 species of insect-eating migratory birds: Sacred Kingfisher, left, Dollarbird, centre, Rainbow Bee-eater, right
[Near Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2018]

Wonderful view of a Dollarbird in flight; the colour display is magnificent, showing a variety of blue and turquoise hues (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)

Frontal view of a Dollarbird in flight, with the turquoise patches clearly visible (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Laguna, NSW, December 2012]

Frontal view of a Dollarbird in flight - now the turquoise patches look like thin stripes (photo courtesy of R. Druce)

View from underneath of a Dollarbird in flight, with a clear view of its two (old silver) dollar-sized white wing flashes
[Near Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up frontal view of a juvenile Dollarbird (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Holmes Jungle Nature Park, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Frontal view of a juvenile Dollarbird; note, most prominently, the dark-grey bill
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2009]

Dorsal view of a juvenile Dollarbird
[Near Narrabri, NSW, January 2018]

Near-lateral view of a fledgling Dollarbird in distress (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, March 2016]

Lateral view of a fledgling Dollarbird in distress (photo courtesy of L. Tonnochy)
[Near Townsville, QLD, March 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Oct - Jan Eggs: 3 - 5 Incubation period: 18 - 20 days Fledging age: 28 - 30 days

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Tree hollow Material: N/A Height above ground: >8? m

Dollarbirds do not line their nests.

Dollarbird sitting in the entrance to its nest hollow (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, November 2017]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 37 x 34 mm Colour: White Shape: Rounded

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Pair

We have noticed over the years that, without exception, all Dollabirds spotted by us were seen close to a creek- or riverbed, even if these were dry at the time. Dollarbirds seem to have a strong preference for life in River Redgums.

Food, Diet

Like all other members of the roller family (seen by us in Oman), Dollarbirds feed on large insects, such as e.g. cicadas, that they catch in flight and on small reptiles that they take from the ground.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

dollar_20180131.m4a pacificus
(NW NSW)
Contact calls? © MD
dollar_pb_20180122.m4a pacificus
(Top End, NT)
Contact calls? © PB
dollar_20180131_2.m4a pacificus
(NW NSW)
Territorial call? © MD

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