Dollar Birds - help please

Subject: Dollar Birds - help please
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 12:26:45 +1000
Cayley (1968) says that it was also called 'Star-wing', which is lovely.
        ('Also called Broad-billed Roller '-- 'Roller from its habit of somersaulting in mid-air.' Its scientific name, Eurystomus orientalis, comes, according to Cayley, from the Greek, 'eurys', wide, 'stoma', mouth; and from the Latin, 'orientalis', eastern == Eastern Wide-mouth!)
        Cayley gives no date for 'Dollarbird', so I guess you'd need to look at the date for the ?American silver dollar.


I'm wondering if any of you can help me please.
When did the Broad-billed Roller (presumably its original name?) become the Dollarbird? and does anyone know who/how it was renamed?
I assume the change to metric currency influenced the name change and would be interested in hearing any background on this
Many thanks


Judith L-A
S-E Qld
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