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, andamanica, malayensis, crinigera, turcosa, tweeddalii

Local Subspecies: malayensis

Size: 24.5-26.5 cm

IdentificationBulky 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.

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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

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2