Irena puella

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.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Irena puella
Spp Author: 
Latham.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
192
Common name: 
Fairy Blue-bird
M_ID: 
25749
M_CN: 
Asian Fairy-bluebird
M_SN: 
Irena puella
Term name: 
id: 
11615

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