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Blue-tailed bee-eater

Merops philippinus


About 25 cm length. Very fast flier. They glides slowly, and when a bee is seen make a very fast dash to catch it with their beak. Then returns to the perch to soften and break the exoskeleton before gulping the prey down.


Spotted near my apartment as a group of about 10 individuals.


In the last picture one could see a bee being chased by it.

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sunnyjosef 9 months ago

Thank you Maria and Mark for your appreciation.

sunnyjosef 9 months ago

Thank you Ashley and Project Noah for this nomination..

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 months ago

Fantastic series Sunny.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 months ago

Wonderful series - especially like the third photo with both birds having scored a meal but they are all great!

AshleyT 9 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

sunnyjosef 9 months ago

Thank you so much Machi..

Machi 9 months ago

Great captures! Love the ones of them catching the bees and showing where they get their name.

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Kerala, India

Lat: 10.03, Long: 76.36

Spotted on Jan 6, 2019
Submitted on Jan 6, 2019

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