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Blue Throated Bee Eater (Juvenile)

Merops viridis


The Blue-throated Bee-eater is recognisable by its bright blue throat, chestnut head and upper back, black eye stripe and bluish tail feathers. Juveniles lack the tail streamers and have a greenish throat colour. This slender bird measures about 30cm in length, including the tail. In flight, its wings form a distinctive triangular shape.


Bee-eaters get their names from their diet of stinging insects (bees, wasps, hornets, ants). They specialise in catching and neutralising these titbits that other birds find unappetising or dangerous. Blue-throated Bee-eaters forage over the canopy of lowland forest, but also over mangroves, and relatively open habitats


I saw a few of these today flying around a quarry, it looked like they where fishing as they dived into the water regularly. This was the only decent picture I could get as these birds where so quick and where very high up in the trees.

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SeanWeekly 5 years ago

Thanks :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Welcome Sean, Glad I could be of some help.

SeanWeekly 6 years ago

Thanks Satyen for the ID, much appreciated :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Checking Sean.

SeanWeekly 6 years ago

Satyan any more news on the ID?

SeanWeekly 6 years ago

Singapore is blessed with some beautiful birds. I saw another amazing bird today some type of trogon with the most unique call. But I was too slow in getting a picture :(

Darwin26 6 years ago

good spotting ~ seems like a spotting bonanza for you these days,

thank you,

SeanWeekly 6 years ago

Thanks satyen, I assumed it was a type of bee eater, I think it must have been eating the flies or water gliders on top of the water. I even saw one catch a fly in mid air! beautiful birds to watch. Shame I could not get any more pictures. Some of them had some beautiful colours.

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Beautiful spotting Sean. Seems like a blue throated bee eater Juvenile beginning to moult into adult plumage. I am searching for some pics, will update when I get something.

Singapore, Singapore

Lat: 1.41, Long: 103.79

Spotted on Nov 10, 2011
Submitted on Nov 10, 2011

Spotted for mission

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