Dollarbird

Eurystomus orientalis

Order

CORACIIFORMES

Family

Rollers (Coraciidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

EURORI

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 3



Incubation Days:

18 - 23



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is laid in an old woodpecker hole or other nest cavity in the top of a hallow palm or dead tree 30 to 90 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

No nesting materials are used.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Dollarbird: Medium-sized, blue-green roller with purple-blue throat, a large, brown-olive head, and a wide, orange-red bill. Long, pointed wings have purple-black flight feathers and a large white-blue patch on the base of the primaries. Medium-length, purple-black, rectangular tail. Short orange-red legs and feet. Feeds on a wide variety of insects, sometimes also takes lizards. Forages by waiting on a snag and then flying out into the air to catch prey with its bill.

Breeding and Nesting

Dollarbird: Two to three shiny white, round eggs are laid in an old woodpecker hole or other nest cavity in the top of a hollow palm or dead tree 30 to 90 feet above the ground. No material is used to line the nest. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 18 to 23 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Dollarbird: Feeds on a wide variety of insects, including large mantids, locusts, moths, cicadas, and beetles. Forages by waiting on a high snag or other perch. When prey is sighted, it quickly flies out into the air to snatch the food item with its wide bill. It also sometimes takes lizards from the ground.

Vocalization

Dollarbird: Typically silent. Common call is a harsh "keck"; when excited a "keck-keck-keck".

Similar Species

Unlikely to be confused with any other species in this range.

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Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X