Asian Fairy Bluebird by Lisa G. Putman
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The Asian Fairy Bluebird, Irena puella, is a medium-sized, arboreal passerine bird.

This fairy-bluebird breeds across tropical southern Asia from the Himalayan foothills, India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia. This species is found in moist hill-forest. Two or three eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree.

The adult Asian Fairy Bluebird is about 27 cm long. The male has glossy, iridescent blue upperparts, and black underparts and flight feathers. The female and first year male are entirely dull blue-green.

The Asian Fairy Bluebird eats fruit, nectar and some insects. Its call is a liquid two note glue-it.

Male. The whole upper plumage, the lesser wing-coverts, and the under tail-coverts shining ultramarine-blue with lilac reflections; sides of the head and the whole lower plumage deep black ; greater wing-coverts, quills, and tail black, some of the coverts tipped with blue, and the middle tail-feathers glossed with blue. Female. The whole upper plumage, the lesser wing-coverts, and the lower tail-coverts brownish blue, with the edges of the feathers brighter ; middle tail-feathers and the outer webs of all the others, except the outer pair, like the upper plumage ; remainder of tail dark brown ; primaries and secondaries dark brown ; the greater wing-coverts, primary- coverts, and tertiaries dark brown, with a blue tinge on the outer webs ; sides of the head and whole lower plumage blue, very similar to the upper parts. The young are like the female. The male changes into adult plumage about March, and the change takes place without a moult ; the feathers of the upper parts first become fringed with bright blue ; the tail-coverts next become changed ; the lower plumage takes the longest to change, and young birds may frequently be met with having the lower plumage mixed black and dull blue, hut the upper plumage that of the adult.

Comments

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaabout 6 years ago

    This is a remarkable brilliant shot, well done gorgeous xxxx

  • Eyeleen
    Eyeleenabout 6 years ago

    Wow, awesome macro of this beautiful bird and grasshopper/cricket(?)!!!!! Fabulous shot!! :-)

  • Kat Miller
    Kat Millerabout 6 years ago

    Amazing. So clear and the colors, besides catching the detail of the cricket.

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythabout 6 years ago

    truly an amazing capture and the colors of this bird, colors and detail are brilliant! Thanks for it.

  • Stephanie Hillson
    Stephanie Hillsonabout 6 years ago

    very good capture! nice action shot!

  • Jan Cartwright
    Jan Cartwrightabout 6 years ago

    Wow – intense color and clarity int his shot. Excellent capture of the moment (yuck!)

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathabout 6 years ago

    awesome close up and details,beautiful color

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...over 5 years ago

    Stunning details, Lisa. Love your composition. xo Carolyn

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    FABULOUS!!!!

  • Sherry Lynn Crawford
    Sherry Lynn Cr...about 5 years ago

    Really, really good! Captured the moment brilliantly!
    :)

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