The Dollarbird is a small species related to rollers that is found across a wide range from northeastern China through eastern India, southeast Asia, down to the east coast of Australia.
There are at least 10 recognized subspecies of Dollarbird; the species is known by several other common names, including Australian Roller (a subspecies once considered a separate species); Asian Dollarbird; Dark Roller; and Eastern Broad-billed Roller.
Dollarbirds are named for a light disc shape found on their underwings, visible in flight. They have a dark iridescent body plumage. Adult birds have a bright reddish-orange beak. The sexes are similar in appearance, though females may appear duller.
2021 Bonanza Bird #11: Dollarbird
Today's new bird, the final species in this year's Bonanza, is the Dollarbird. This Old World species can be found throughout eastern Asia, southeast Asia, and eastern Australia. Named for light-colored discs ... more