Irena puella, Latham.
469. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 105 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p.. 403.
THE FAIRY BLUE-BIRD.
Length, 10; wing, 5.25 ; tail, 4 ; tarsus, 0.5. Bill black; irides ruby-red ; legs black.
Male, the whole upper parts, with the lower tail-coverts, brilliant glistening cobalt-blue ; wings, tail, and lower plumage, deep velvet-black.
The female is of a dull, slightly mottled, Antwerp-blue throughout.
The Fairy Blue-bird occurs at Savantvadi, where it is probably ft permanent resident, and it has also been procured in the forests southwest of Belgaum.
It does not occur elsewhere within the region.