Fairy bluebird

Latin Name
Irena puella

Class
Birds

Order
Passeriformes

Description

The fairy bluebird is a dimorphic species, meaning that males and females differ in appearance. Male fairy bluebirds display bright blue and black colors, while the female is a duller blue. The brighter colors of the male birds help them attract mates.


 

Range

Northern India to Southeast Asia


Status

Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Fairy Bluebird Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

Tropical rain forest


Niche

Fairy bluebirds feed primarily on fruit, particularly figs, although insects make up part of the diet as well.


Life History

The fairy bluebird lives in flocks of up to 30 birds in the wild. Male courtship displays include elaborate vocalizations, which the female responds to with nest building. Nests are constructed in trees or tall bushes from twigs, moss and grasses, and males and females cooperate in rearing chicks.




Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit