Oriental Dollarbird

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 migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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

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

References:
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.