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Azure Roller - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Azure Dollarbird; Purple Roller

Photo by James Eaton
Foli, Halmahera, Indonesia, September 2004
Eurystomus azureus



  • Dark glossy purple-blue plumage
  • Pale azure wing patches
  • Scarlet bill deep and very broad at base
  • Dark red legs and orbital ring

Similar species

Overall inky-purple plumage without any green tinges distinguish this species from the similar Dollarbird.


Endemic to the Northern Moluccas: Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore, Kasiruta and Bacan (Indonesia).
An uncommon restricted-range species.


The species is monotypic.

Eurystomus azureus has been split from Dollarbird.


Found in primary and selectively logged forest, at forest edges and in clearings.
Recorded from lowlands up to 600m.


Feeds on insects, hunting them in the same manner like Dollarbird.
No information on breeding.


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  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2012. IOC World Bird Names (version 3.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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