Rainforest Birds – Asian Fairy Bluebird

Bird Name:

Asian Fairy Bluebird

Latin Name:

Irena puella


Least Concern

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Irenidae

Genus: Irena

Species: l. puella

General Information:

The Asian Fairy Bluebird is a widespread arboreal passerine bird of medium size. The only other member of the Irenidae family is the Philippine Fairy Bluebird which is endemic to the major Philippine islands. Usually travelling in pairs, their call is a liquid two-tone “glue-it.”

Physical Description:

The Asian Bluebird averages 27 cm in length. This species is sexually dimorphic, meaning the sexes appear different. The males are black and exhibit shinning ultramarine blue color with lilac reflections in the upper parts. The females and young males are dull in color and exhibit a brownish blue hue.


The Bluebird eats fruit, primarily figs, as well as nectar and some small insects. Seasonal movements are related to fruit bearing trees.


The Fairy Bluebird is widespread ranging from eastern India through Southeast Asia to Java and Palawan in the Philippines. This species is found in moist hill-forest in the forest canopy. Their frail nests occur in saplings or small trees. They are constructed of moss and small twigs into a shallow cup shape


The breeding season for the Asian Fairy Bluebird is between February and April. Clutch size is usually 2 to 3 eggs that are colored greenish white marked with brown. The females are the only ones to build the nests, although both sexes feed the young.

Source by Tony Mandarich

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