Fairy bluebird in exhibit

Fairy Bluebird

Scientific Name

Irena puella

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Range

Northern India through Southeast Asia

Habitat

Tropical rain forests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Fairy bluebird in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Fairy bluebirds are a dimorphic species, meaning that males and females differ in appearance. Males are bright blue and black, which helps them attract more muted females. They feed primarily on fruit, particularly figs, and insects. In the wild, they live in flocks of up to 30 individuals.

Interesting Fact 1

Male courtship displays include elaborate vocalizations, to which the female responds by building a nest.

Interesting Fact 2

Although their plumage appears metallic and iridescent in direct sunlight, it blends into the shade and green hues of the rainforest.

Interesting Fact 3

Their wild population is likely declining due to the illegal pet and wildlife trade.

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