Fairy-bluebirds (Irenidae)

The two fairy-bluebirds (Irenidae) are small birds found in forests and plantations in tropical southern Asia and the Philippines. They are related to the ioras and leafbirds.

The members of this group are sexually dimorphic, with the males being dark blue in plumage, and the females duller green.

They mostly feed on fruit, especially figs, and maybe some insects.

They lay two to three eggs in a tree nest.

The call of the Asian Fairy-bluebird is described as a liquid two note Glue-It.


  • Asian Fairy-bluebird, Irena puella
  • Philippine Fairy-bluebird, Irena cyanogaster