18 March 2011

Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

The Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis), also known as the Dollar Roller, is a bird of the roller family, so named because of the distinctive blue coin-shaped spots on its wings.
It has a length of up to 30 cm, and can be found in east Asia from northern Australia to the Japan archipelago. The bird is an insectivore with a love of beetles and often catches prey whilst flying. The young birds have a darker beak which becomes more orange as it becomes mature.
It is most commonly seen as a single bird 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.

                                                                                              Location : Paya Indah Wetland Dengkil
                                                                                                              Selangor Malaysia

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