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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.

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SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

Thank you, Tukup. These are annual winter visitors. This year we have had a huge flock but that is the nearest I saw them come this year. Let's hear it for Zoom!

Tukup 4 months ago

Great to catch all 3 birds, but especially cool photo of the Beeaters. Perfect pose. Thanks Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta 5 months ago

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

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 months ago

Love these guys!

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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

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