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Asian Fairy-bluebird

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MalePhoto by Dr Manjeet SinghFRIM, Malaysia, March 2011
Photo by Dr Manjeet Singh
FRIM, Malaysia, March 2011
Irena puella


[edit] Identification

Size 21·2–25·8 cm (8½-10¼ in)
Male: shining blue crown,mantle,rump and undertail coverts contrasting with velvety black head,throat,belly and tail diagnostic.
Female: blue-green plumage with blackish primaries.
Iris is red in both sexes, .

[edit] Distribution

India & Myanmar through south east Asia to the Greater Sundas and the Philippines.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Five subspecies are known[1]:

  • I. p. puella
  • I. p. malayensis:
  • I. p. crinigera:
  • I. p. turcosa:
  • I. p.tweeddalei:
  • Philippines (Palawan, Busuanga, Balabac, Culion and Calamian)

[edit] Habitat

Forest and Forest Edges.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Frequents the canopy and middle story. They often congregate in fruiting trees and shrubs with other frugivores. Their diet consists mostly of fruit ranging from small berries to figs, and in some areas they like nectar. Sometimes hawks after flying insects at the forest edges.

[edit] Vocalisation

Listen in an external program
Recording by Andrew Whitehouse
Bukit Timah, Singapore June 2009

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)

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