Kingdom: Animalia       Phylum: Chordata       Class: Aves (Birds)       Order: Passeriformes      Family: Irenidae
 

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Irenidae (Leafbirds & Fairy-Bluebirds) are a family of arboreal passerines found throughout tropical Asia.

Fairy-Bluebirds eat mostly fruit, especially figs. They have strong & slightly decurved beak, operculate nostrils, short thick tarsi and short toes. They are sexually dimorphic; males are brightly colored and females duller. The feathers are loosely attached, especially on the rump (leafbirds also have loosely attached plumage). Fairy-Bluebirds are essentially resident but in some areas are subject to seasonal movements. They usually occur in pairs or small flocks. Nests are rough platforms of long twigs topped by a layer of moss and lining of rootlets placed in the fork of a dense tree. Only the female builds the nest but both sexes feed the young.

Leafbirds are in the same genus Chloropsis and are closely related. Leafbirds tend to be various combinations of green, yellow, and sometimes a little blue. Leafbirds have spiked tongues adapted for taking nectar.


Golden-fronted Leafbird  (Chloropsis aurifrons) - widespread resident
Blue-winged Leafbird  (Chloropsis cochinchinensis) - widespread resident
Orange-bellied Leafbird  (Chloropsis hardwickii) - widespread resident
Asian Fairy-bluebird  (Irena puella) - widespread resident


Passeriformes families
Aegithalidae
Alaudidae
Bombycillidae
Certhiidae
Cinclidae
Cisticolidae
Corvidae
Eurylaimidae
Fringillidae
Hirundinidae
Hypocoliidae
Irenidae
Laniidae
Muscicapidae
Nectariniidae
Paridae
Passeridae
Pittidae
Pycnonotidae
Regulidae
Sittidae
Sturnidae
Sylviidae
Zosteropidae

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