Wednesday, 16 February 2011

A Dollar on the line

Another summer visitor, the Dollar Bird or Roller spends a lot of time sitting on the wires or high branches keeping watch for any insects to hawk. The common name "Dollar Bird comes from the pale blue spot seen under the wing as they fly overhead, that was like a "silver dollar" and the name "Roller" from their aerobatics whilst hunting. They range over northern and eastern Australia during summer and migrate to New Guinea and other northern islands in Autumn through to late Spring.

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