Asian Fairy-bluebird

Scientific Name: Irena puella

Malay Name: Murai-Gajah Biasa

Chinese Name: 和平鸟

Range: Found from Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: puella, sikkimensis, andamanica, malayensis, crinigera, turcosa.

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 (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Bukit Batok Nature Park, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Forest.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Irena puella. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.

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