Fairy-bluebirds (Irenidae)

Philippine Fairy-bluebird (Irena cyanogastra) - HBW 10, p. 277

French: Irène à ventre bleu German: Kobaltfeenvogel Spanish: Irena Dorsinegra
Other common names: Black-mantled Fairy-bluebird

Taxonomy: Irena cyanogastra Vigors, 1831, Manila, Luzon, Philippines.
Formerly considered conspecific with I. puella. Species name sometimes given as cyanogaster, but this is an unjustified emendation. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cyanogastra Vigors, 1831 - Luzon, Polillo and Catanduanes.
  • ellae Steere, 1890 - Samar, Leyte and Bohol.
  • hoogstraali Rand, 1948 - Dinagat and Mindanao.
  • melanochlamys , Sharpe, 1877 - Basilan.