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Dollarbird


Dollarbird
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Copyright: Murray Lines (mlines) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50 D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-02 11:52
Viewed: 4242
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First time seen and friend identified it as a dollarbird.
The Dollarbird is the 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. Both sexes are similar, although the female is slightly duller. Young Dollarbirds are duller than the adults and lack the bright blue gloss on the throat. The bill and feet are brownish in colour instead of red.
Where does it live?
Distribution

The Dollarbird 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

In Australia, the Dollarbird inhabits open wooded areas, normally with mature, hollow-bearing trees suitable for nesting
What does it do?
Feeding

Dollarbirds feed almost exclusively on flying insects. They search for food from a conspicuous perch and then capture it in skilful aerial pursuits, before returning to the same perch. Occasionally, Dollarbirds have been seen feeding on grasshoppers on the ground, although this practice is uncommon.
Breeding

During breeding season, pairs of Dollarbirds are often seen flying in characteristic rolling flights. These flights are more common in the evening, and are accompanied by cackling calls. The white eggs are laid in an unlined tree hollow and are incubated by both adults. The young birds are also cared for by both parents. The same nesting site may be used for several years.
Source; http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Eurystomus-orientalis

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
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Hi Murray.
Happy New Year to you.
A bit soft but very nice picture of an attractive subject. I also like nice colours and perfect composition of the shot. My warm wishes and TFS.
Alexei.

Nicely perch Dolarbird on that twig against the spotless blue sky, Murray. I like your framing making it a pleasing view.
Thanks and kind regards,
Jusni

Hi Murray,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Dollarbird. An extra shot of USM would help. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.

Pierre

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