are Australia's only migratory hollow-user. They typically breed in hollows at the very
tops of tall gum trees.
Dollarbirds do take readily to
nestboxes, especially if they are located very high in trees. However, putting boxes up
very high is not easy to do, and high boxes are even worse to
We have now had six instances of
dollarbirds breeding in nestboxes at our standard height of 5-6m. This is very low
compared with where they normally breed. The photo illustrates one successful attempt, in
this case using a duckbox.
six boxes had one thing in common - a large volume of open space in front of the box, with
no tree trunks or vegetation either side of the box and down to ground level. Doubtless
this emulates the conditions that exist where they normally breed high up in trees. While
these observations are based on a small sample, it does appear that, for dollar birds, the
siting of the box may be more important than the size of the box.
appear to have no particular preference as regards shape of box. They have, for
example, used our Rosella box and a drum-type boobook box, as well as
the duck box.
Nevertheless, the clutch size (three is common) and the size of the chicks indicate that a
large box is probably best for this bird. They also seem to be very prone to lice
problems, and a larger box would be better from this perspective as well. The sketch
adjacent shows the dimensions of the ply version of our Boobook box.
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