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Male, presumably of subspecies malayensis
Photo © by the late Dr Manjeet Singh
FRIM, Malaysia, March 2011
Irena puella

Includes: Palawan Fairy-bluebird


Size 21.2–25.8 cm (8½-10¼ in). Iris is red in both sexes.
Male: shining blue crown, mantle, rump and undertail coverts contrasting with velvety black head, throat, belly and tail diagnostic.

Female: blue-green plumage with blackish primaries.


Female, presumably of subspecies puella
Photo © by jaray
Kangkrajan National Park, Thailand

India & Myanmar through south east Asia to the Greater Sundas and the Philippines.


Subspecies tweeddalei may be split as "Palawan Fairy-bluebird" leaving remaining subspecies (andamanica, crinigera, malayensis, puella, turcosa) as "Asian Fairy-bluebird" (strict sense).


Taxa we include here which Clements recognises [1]:


Forest and forest edges.



Frequents the canopy and middle story. They often congregate in fruiting trees and shrubs with other frugivores. Their diet consists mostly of fruit ranging from small berries to figs, and in some areas they like nectar. Sometimes hawks after flying insects at the forest edges.


Recording by Andrew Whitehouse
Bukit Timah, Singapore June 2009


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)

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