Oriental Dollarbird

Scientific Name: Eurystomus orientalis
Malay Name: Tiung-Batu Biasa
Chinese Name: 三宝鸟

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.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: cyanocollis, orientalis, laetior, gigas, irisi, oberholseri, pacificus, waigiouensis, crassirostris, solomonensis.

Local Subspecies: orientalis

Size: 27.5-31.5 cm

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 migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any suitable open space including HDB estates, parks and edges of wooded areas.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Eurystomus orientalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.