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Blue-Tailed Bee Eater

Merops philippinus


Blue-tailed Bee-eater, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green; its face has a narrow blue patch with a black eye stripe, and a yellow and brown throat; the tail is blue and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 23-26 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.


Blue-tailed Bee-eaters usually forage in open habitats near freshwater as well as coasts. Blue-tailed Bee-eaters roost together and a roost may include huge numbers (roosts of hundreds have been observed). They prefer to roost in tall trees inland, as well as in mangroves.


Bee-eaters catch their prey on the wing. They look out for suitable prey from a tree branch or high wire (about 7m and above) then swoop down onto it. They snap up their victims with an audible click, their long, narrow bills keeping these dangerous prey a good distance away from the eyes. To get rid of the sting, the insect is vigorously whacked against the perch. Or simply squeezed to get rid of the venom.

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ArvinMemaphu 7 years ago


adrika.2612 7 years ago

lovely shot!

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

excellent capture!!

KarenL 7 years ago

Fabulous capture!
Welcome to the Community nkameshwar!

nkameshwar 7 years ago

Thank you very much for the encouragement. I will keep posting my spotting.

williefromwi 7 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah, Nkameshwar, That is one very nice capture of your bee eater. I also really like all the information you have placed in your spotting. Your photo shows this bird wonderfully.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

We have one Local mission dedicated to Birds spotted in and around western ghat hills please join it and assign to this beautiful spotting...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Great spotting N Kameshwar...!!
The tails' spread is simply amazing to watch...!!
Welcome to Project Noah family...!!

ShameerZaman 7 years ago


Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 7 years ago


Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 7 years ago

Superb spotting.. Welcome to PN..:-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely spotting. Welcome to Project Noah!

Atul 7 years ago

Amazing first spot !
Welcome to Project Noah!

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Mysuru, India

Lat: 12.20, Long: 76.44

Spotted on May 4, 2012
Submitted on Jul 4, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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