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Green Bee-eater

Merops orientalis


The Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, (sometimes Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It is resident but prone to seasonal movements and is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. They are mainly insect eaters and they are found in grassland, thin scrub and forest often quite far from water. Several regional plumage variations are known and several subspecies have been named.


This is an abundant and fairly tame bird, familiar throughout its range. It is a bird which breeds in open country with bushes. They are mostly see in the plains but can sometimes be found up to 5000 or 6000 feet in the Himalayas. They are resident in the lowlands of South Asia but some populations move seasonally but the patterns are unclear moving away to drier regions in the rainy season and to warmer regions in winter.

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Green Bee-eater
Merops orientalis Green Bee-eater

1 Comment

pamsai 6 years ago

thanks for the ID, Stian,and the other 2 unknowns who verified it.

Maharashtra, India

Lat: 19.77, Long: 74.47

Spotted on May 7, 2012
Submitted on May 7, 2012


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