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.
Local Subspecies: malayensis
Size: 24.5-26.5 cm
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 (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Bukit Batok Nature Park, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Forest.
BirdLife International. (2016). Irena puella. 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.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.