Scientific Name: Eurystomus orientalis
Malay Name: Tiung-Batu Biasa
Chinese Name: 三宝鸟
Range: Breeds from southern Russia southwards through Japan, China, Southeast Asia, the Indonesian archipelago to the north and east of Australia and the Solomon Islands in the east.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cyanocollis, orientalis, laetior, gigas, irisi, oberholseri, pacificus, waigiouensis, crassirostris, solomonensis.
Local Subspecies: orientalis
Size: 27.5-31.5 cm
Identification: Distinct silhouette with a stout body and chunky head with red bill. Greyish to blackish plumage, glossed blue. In flight, long wings with white wing patches diagnostic. Often perches conspicuously uttering a ‘chak’ call.
Habitat: Frequents open areas
Behaviour/Ecology: Often perches on bare branches or man-made structures
Local Status: Common resident and common migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any suitable open space including HDB estates, parks and edges of wooded areas.
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Dollarbird)
BirdLife International. (2016). Eurystomus orientalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22682920A92968881.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Oriental Dollarbird. Retrieved on May 31, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/oriental-dollarbird.