shiny bluish-blackish plumage; broad yellow-red bill (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

Oriental Dollarbird
Eurystomus orientalis

Native Range: Eurasia, Oriental Region, and Australian Region

Notes: called a dollarbird because of the distinctive coin-shaped spots on its wings, only visible in flight; perches with an upright silhouette on bare branches high in a tree; hawks for insects from this prominent perch, and then returns repeatedly; no sexual dimorphism.

typical upright perching posture (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

dorsal view; short squared-off tail (Zoo; 2013-05-29)

frontal view; bluish breast, brighter on throat (Zoo; 2013-05-29)