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