Fairy bluebird in exhibit

Fairy Bluebird

Scientific Name
Irena puella
Northern India through Southeast Asia
Tropical rain forests
Estimated Wild Population
Fairy bluebird in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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

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

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

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