|Male Fairy Bluebird|
|Female Fairy Bluebird|
As with many tropical bird species, Fairy Bluebirds are colored differently based on sex. In this case, the male is black with vibrant blue feathers on the head and neck. The females are blue all over, but are a more muted color.
Fairy Bluebirds are gregarious, and live in flocks of up to 30 birds. They feed on both fruits and insects, and have a special fondness for figs. During the breeding season males will attract females using a series of calls. The pairs then build their nests together, which are small and cup shaped. Two eggs are typically laid at a time, and both parents help to feed the nearly helpless young.
IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : South Asia
Size : Length up to 11in (27cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Passeriformes
Family : Irenidae -- Genus : Irena -- Species : I. puella