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Asian Fairy Bluebird

Irena puella

Asian Fairy Bluebirds are native to dense forests of southern Asia and Malaysia. They are also called the blue-backed fairy bluebird as males have a brilliant blue back while females have a duller turquoise back.

Range & Habitat

The Asian fairy bluebird can be found in altitudes up to approximately 5900 feet in southern Asia and Malaysia. It prefers dense forests, the forest crown and forest edge areas in wilderness where they are not disturbed by human development.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

This bird's wild habitats in the dense forests of Asia are currently being threatened by deforestation and human development.


In the Wild:  fruit (especially figs), nectar, insects

At the Zoo:  fruit mix, whole fruit, paradise pellets (protein source), insects

Life Span

In the Wild: 10-12 years
In Human Care: 15 years

Fun Facts about the Asian Fairy Bluebird

      Unlike most forest birds, fairy bluebirds breed in the middle of the densest and most humid areas of the forest.

      They use green moss in their nests to camouflage the nest and the young.  The moss blends in with the dense cover of the surrounding trees.


      Honolulu Zoo, Fairy bluebird.

      North Carolina Zoo, Fairy bluebird.

Updated January 21, 2021