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Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis, นกตะขาบดง

The Oriental dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) is a bird of the roller family, so named because of the distinctive blue coin-shaped spots on its wings. It can be found from Australia to Japan and India.

Distribution and habitat
The oriental dollarbird is found from Australia to Japan and India. It breeds in northern and eastern Australia between the months of September and April and winters in New Guinea and nearby islands. The birds prefer open wooded areas with hollow-bearing trees to build nests in.

Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis, นกตะขาบดง

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Taxonomy and systematics
The oriental dollarbird was originally described in the genus Coracias. Formerly, some authorities have also considered the broad-billed roller and the azure dollarbird to have been subspecies of the oriental dollarbird. Alternate names for the oriental dollarbird include the Asian dollarbird, dark roller, dollar roller, dollarbird, eastern broad-billed roller and oriental broad-billed roller.

Ten subspecies are recognized:

• E. o. cyanocollis - Vieillot, 1819: Found from the Himalayas through China to south-eastern Siberia, Korea and Japan

• E. o. orientalis - (Linnaeus, 1766): Found from the southern Himalayas to Indochina, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines

• E. o. laetior - Sharpe, 1890: Found in south-western India

• E. o. gigas - Stresemann, 1913: Found on southern Andaman Islands

• E. o. irisi - Deraniyagala, 1951: Found in Sri Lanka

• E. o. oberholseri - Junge, 1936: Found on Simeulue (off north-western Sumatra)

• Australian roller (E. o. pacificus) - (Latham, 1801): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Coracias. Found on the Lesser Sunda Islands, northern and eastern Australia

• E. o. waigiouensis - Elliot, DG, 1871: Originally described as a separate species. Found on New Guinea, western Papuan islands, D'Entrecasteaux Islands and the Louisiade Archipelago

• E. o. crassirostris - Sclater, PL, 1869: Originally described as a separate species. Found in the Bismarck Archipelago

• E. o. solomonensis - Sharpe, 1890: Originally described as a separate species. Found in the Solomon Islands

Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis, นกตะขาบดง
Subspecies E. o. solomonensis (front), illustration by Keulemans, 1892
By Catalogue of the birds in the British Museum. Volume 17, Public Domain,

The oriental dollarbird has a length of up to 30 cm. It is dark brown but this is heavily washed with a bluish-green sheen on the back and wing coverts. Its belly and undertail coverts are light coloured, and it has glossy bright blue colouring on its throat and undertail.

Its flight feathers are a darker blue. Its bill is short and wide and in mature animals is coloured orange-red with a black tip. It has very light blue patches on the outer parts of its wings which are highly visible in flight and for which it is named. The females are slightly duller than the males but overall the two are very similar.

Immature birds are much duller than the adults and do not have the blue colouring on their throats. They also have brown bills and feet instead of the red of the adults.

Listen to the Oriental Dollarbird

Behaviour and ecology
The oriental dollarbird is most commonly seen singly with a distinctive upright silhouette on a bare branch high in a tree, from which it hawks for insects, returning to the same perch after a few seconds.

Conservation status
Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis, นกตะขาบดง
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22682920A92968881.
doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22682920A92968881.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 20th of February 2016
Location: Kaeng Krachan National Park

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We saw a bird and I asked my Guide and the driver if they had a pen and a paper as I had forgot my pen and paper in my room. I remembered my LG phone and I recorded the name. And thus I will always bring my phone. Writing the name in the car and I have found more than once that it can be hard to read what I had wrote when I'm back in my room.

So now I always have my mobile in my pocket and it has been a great help. And from November 2018 I use eBird. Bird watching in U.A.E and Oman and my guide in Dubai recommended eBird and I have used the app since then and I note every bird I can identify in my eBird app.

Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis, นกตะขาบดง
Dollarbird - นกตะขาบดง - 20 February 2016 - Kaeng Krachan National Park

Dollarbird, Eurystomus orientalis, นกตะขาบดง
Dollarbird - นกตะขาบดง - 20 February 2016 - Kaeng Krachan National Park

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