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
eBird Species page: eBird (Dollarbird)

References:
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.