deep blue on crown, back, and tail; red iris (Zoo; 2012-10-09)

Asian Fairy-bluebird
Irena puella

Native Range: Oriental Region

Notes: this medium-sized bright-blue species is one of only two members of this small taxonomic family of birds; both of the two species are native to southeast Asia

ventral view (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

dorsal view; blue is mostly on the upperparts (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

the deep blue plumage is notable only in good light (Zoo; 2012-09-19)

mostly jet-black underparts (Zoo; 2012-10-09)

posing for a portrait (Zoo; 2012-10-23)

dorsal view (Zoo; 2012-10-23)

ventral view (Zoo; 2012-10-23)