Order Passeriformes

Family Irenidae

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  • Robust, medium-sized arboreal frugivores with short tarsi, and strong notched and nailed bill; spectacular structural plumage colour, verditer to brilliant glistening blues, set off by black or indigo, and a blood-red iris.
  • Oriental Region.
  • Evergreen to semi-evergreen forest in lowlands and lower montane zone, ranging to forest edge and, locally, to certain plantation crops nearby.
  • 21-27 cm.
  • 1 genus, 3 species, 10 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Wells, D. (2019). Fairy-bluebirds (Irenidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52355 on 11 December 2019).