(951) Irena puella cyanea.
The Malay Fairy Blue-bird.
Irena cyanea Begbie, Malayan Peninsula, p. 516 (1834) (Malayan Pen.).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Male and female only differ from the same sexes of the Indian Fairy Blue-bird in having longer upper and lower tail-coverts, the latter reaching almost to the tip of the tail. This feature varies however very considerably, and individuals are met with over the whole of the Malayan Peninsula with coverts almost as short as those of the Northern form.
Colours of soft parts as in I. p. puella.
Measurements. Wing 115 to 125 mm.; tail 85 to 95 mm.: tarsus 18 mm.; culmen 21 to 22 mm. male, 19 to 20 mm. female.
Distribution. Malay Peninsula. I have seen one specimen. from South of Mergui which must be referred to this race. Nidification unknown.
Habits. Similar to those of the preceding bird.