Philippine fairy bluebird

Irena cyanogaster

TAXONOMY

Irena cyanogastra Vigors, 1831, Manilla.

Irena puella I Resident

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Black-mantled fairy bluebird; French: Irène à ventre bleu; German: Kobalt-Irene; Spanish: Ave Azul de Manto Negro.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

9.75 in (24 cm). Black plumage with dark blue belly, tail, and wing edges. Blue from bill to nape; eyes red.

DISTRIBUTION

Most of the major eastern Philippine islands, from Luzon, south to Mindanao.

HABITAT

Forest canopy.

BEHAVIOR

Similar to fairy bluebird.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

As in fairy bluebird.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Not known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Still considered common on all islands as of 2000.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS A target species for ecotourists. ♦

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