Guardian Nature School Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Little Green Beeater

Merops orientalis


Slender shape/ Green with a bluish chin and black stripe across the eyes. Has a matchstick like protrusion beyond the tail which gives it a rather rude local name in Bangla. Otherwise, they are called Baanshpati which sort of means bamboo-leaf apt description. It was hitting the poor insect likely a bee to get rid of the sting and many of my shots show a blur for a head!


These are supposedly residents of my state BUT I never see them except in winter. This time we have hosted a HUGE flock...about 500- ish but I only saw them fly overhead at dusk when they came to roost. These two sat on a tree about three houses away and I could shoot the photo, thanks to the zoom.


There is a Red-vented bulbul in the photo too.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


SukanyaDatta a week ago

Thanks Zlatan, so do I....such happy call.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a week ago

Love these guys!

Spotted by

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jan 8, 2021
Submitted on Jan 10, 2021

Related Spottings

Bee-eater Bee-eater Bee eater European_bee-eater

Nearby Spottings

Oriental Magpie Robin (male) Lime Butterfly caterpillar Jumping Spider Chestnut-tailed Starling
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors