Scientific Name: Irena puella
Malay Name: Murai-Gajah Biasa
Chinese Name: 和平鸟
Found from Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: puella, andamanica, malayensis, crinigera, turcosa, tweeddalii
Local Subspecies: malayensis
Size: 24.5-26.5 cm
Identification: Bulky and distinctive, male is mostly black with shinning deep blue upperparts and vent while female is duller turquoise-blue overall. Bright red irises are present in both genders.
Habitat: Forest and forest edge.
Behaviour/Ecology: Often observed feeding on fig trees with green-pigeons and migratory thrushes.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Bukit Batok Nature Park, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Forest.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2