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Blue Tailed Bee Eater

Merops philippinus

Description:

True to their name these birds eat bees.,When they come upon a hive, the birds gorge themselves—a researcher once found a hundred bees in the stomach of a bee-eater near a hive!!

Habitat:

Backwaters of Kerala.

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Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Merops philippinus Blue-tailed Bee-eater


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34 Comments (1–25)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thanks to Doina!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago



Maybe he made a Dosa filling out of the Bees. How it ate those,we will never know!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Hope it had some masala with that.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago



True to their name these birds eat bees.,When they come upon a hive, the birds gorge themselves—a researcher once found a hundred bees in the stomach of a bee-eater near a hive!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thanks Aleja!!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thank you J.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Fantastic, Emma!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thanks Gabe and Thari.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thank you Mayra!! :))

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wonderful colors!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thank you so much Cole!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Got It!!!! :))

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

In what way Jasmine ? !

Jasmine123
Jasmine123 8 years ago

You cut it's head off!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Namitha, Athirapally is just a hours drive from Trivandrum. Besides Trivandrum has the famous" Neyyar," Wild Life Sanctuary too. Unfortunately I did not get to see these.

ToshimiDowaki
ToshimiDowaki 8 years ago

Great series!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

added another pic which shows its eye coloration. Judging from the red eye this seems to be a Male. Female have brownish red eyes.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

This bee eater was sunning itself.
Bee-eaters spend around 10% of their day on what are known as comfort activities. These include sunning themselves, dust bathing and water bathing. Sunning behaviour helps warm birds in the morning, reducing the need to use energy to raise the temperature.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thnx Karen.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Uploaded more pics. Pic 2 shows it's blue tail clearly. Pic 3 shows it's habitat.It's habitat is the backwaters which has aquatic vegetation like lotus and Water Hyacinth. The Bee eater is perched on a brown pole which is used by fishermen to anchor their canoes. there is an abundance of Dragonflies which the bee-eater feeds on. The last two pics show the bee eater surveying it's territory.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Stunning shot Hema!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Thanks Antonio, It is a delite indeed to spot this bird.

Beautiful capture Hema,like a painting,congrats and thanks for sharing :-)

namitha
namitha 8 years ago

Hi Hema, I know I am missing out a lot of things, living in the Trivandrum city. I will make sure I will see more of my own state when I get time. I have heard that Kumarakam and Athiripily are amazing places but I have never gone there. Thank you for mentioning, I will try to go there.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Namitha,I was a tourist for a few days. You are so lucky to be living here. There is an abundance of wild life here. Make sure you don't miss out on it!These are taken near Kumarakoam and Athiripilly ,near the Anamalia mountain ranges.

Hema
Spotted by
Hema

Thrissur, Kerala, India

Spotted on Jan 6, 2013
Submitted on Jan 6, 2013

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