Dollar Birds - help please

To: BobNoreen <>
Subject: Dollar Birds - help please
From: scouler <>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005 12:13:52 +1100
Hello Bob,

According to J.D.McDonald in "  The Illustrated Dictionary of Australian Birds by Common Name", John Gould asserted that "Dollarbird" was a name applied to Eurystomus orientalisby early colonists. The name was presumably based on the resemblance of the wing spot to the Spanish silver dollar, which circulated in the New South Wales colony in its early years to meet the shortage of currency.

The earliest use of "Dollarbird" recorded in the Australian National Dictionary is in 1827: a mention in the annals of the Linnean Society that George Caley had noted the use of the name by colonists.

Colin Scouler.

BobNoreen wrote

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 thanksBob
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