Asian Fairy-bluebird

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

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.