Azure Dollarbird, a Halmahera endemic

Azure Dollarbird (Eurystomus azureus) by György Szimuly (SzimiStyle)) on 500px.com
Azure Dollarbird (Eurystomus azureus) by György Szimuly

One of the most sought after species of our 2006 Indonesian birding trip was the Azure Dollarbird (or Purple Dollarbird). Halmahera is one the last homes of this endemic bird with restricted range. This image, which I have recently posted to my 500px.com bird gallery, was taken in one of the side trails of the ‘Standardwing trail’ off Foli. At km 3.5 we dropped off the tiny motorbikes and tried to find this elusive bird with our local guides. While writing I absorbedly ‘hear’ all the voices of the most characteristic birds including Ivory-breasted Pitta. Along the trail Dusky Friarbird was seen. At one of the clearings we found 2+3 Purple Dollarbirds. Two were nicely perching on a tall tree allowing brilliant views through the spotting scope as they were close enough to see every detail. The image I could take was enough for a record shot of this beautiful roller. Tour participants: Tamás Zalai (Hungary), Péter Borbáth (Hungary).

Azure Dollarbird on its perching tree next to Foli, Halmahera, Indonesia.

Azure Dollarbird on its perching tree next to Foli, Halmahera, Indonesia.

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