Dollar Bird (species: Eurystomus orientalis) in Cocoparra NP (Gaia Guide)
Eurystomus orientalis
Dollar Bird

©Tom Tarrant: Cedar Creek

©OzWildlife: Walkabout Creek, Brisbane Forest Park, Queensland, Australia

©Lip Kee Yap: Dollar Bird (Eurystomus orientalis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Coraciidae
Genus Eurystomus
Species Eurystomus orientalis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is mostly dark brown but with a significant amount of blue-green on the back and wings. 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 the two are overall 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. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Dollar Bird (Eurystomus orientalis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

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.

The birds breed in northern and eastern Australia between the months of September and March or April. The birds prefer open wooded areas with hollow-bearing trees to build nests in. They spend winters in New Guinea and nearby islands. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


QLD, Australia

© Marc Anderson


It eats insects. 

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