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Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Merops leschenaulti


Forehead, crown, nape, upper back and ear-coverts bright chestnut ; lores black, continued as a band under the eye and ear-coverts ; wing-coverts, lower back and tertiaries green, the latter tipped with bluish; rump and upper tail-coverts pale shining blue; primaries and secondaries green, rufous on the inner webs, and all tipped dusky ; central tail-feathers bluish on the outer, and green on the inner webs ; the others green, margined on the inner web with brown and all tipped dusky ; sides of face, chin and throat yellow ; below this a broad band of chestnut extending to the sides of the neck and meeting the chestnut of the upper plumage ; below this again a short distinct band of black and then an ill-defined band of yellow ; remainder of lower plumage green, tipped with blue, especially on the vent and under tail-coverts


Sub-montane Forest


is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining regions, ranging from India east to Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green, with blue on the rump and lower belly. Its face and throat are yellow with a black eye stripe, and the crown and nape are rich chestnut. The thin curved bill is black. Sexes are alike, but young birds are duller. This species is 18–20 cm long; it lacks the two elongated central tail feathers possessed by most of its relatives.

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AnthonySalva 7 years ago

Thank you. It is my pleasure.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

I admire your work - thanks Anthony.

AnthonySalva 7 years ago

It was accidentally captured in our mist net during our field research. We have deposited this bird in the Ornithology Reference Collection,Zoology Division, National Museum of the Philippines.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah. Nice bee-eater. Can you tell us why it is being held? Do you work with them?

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Bulacan, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 13, 2013
Submitted on Feb 22, 2013

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