Eastern Broad-billed Roller
Eurystomus orientalis

The Birds of Australia
Vol.2 - Plate No. 17

Length: 29 cm

The Eastern Broad-billed Roller breeds in central Eurasia and Japan and migrate to Southeast Asia and Australia. In Japan they are found in forests with large trees in low mountains and they breed in tree hollows. Traditionally in Japan this bird was thought to be the bird that calls, "buppo-so" (meaning buddhist monk) in deep mountains, hence its Japanese name, Bupposo. However, in modern times it was discovered that the bird giving this call was actually the Japanese Scops Owl, and not the Eastern Broad-billed Roller.