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.
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 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.