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Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Merops philippinus


The Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory, seen seasonally in much of peninsular India. This species is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, M. persicus. Blue-tailed Bee-eater from behind, showing the blue rump and tail This species, 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-eater displaying the blue on the tail and rump while perching This is a bird which breeds in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields. It is most often seen near large waterbodies. Like other bee-eaters it predominantly eats insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.This species probably takes bees and dragonflies in roughly equal numbers. The insect that are caught are beaten on the perch to kill and break the exoskeleton. This habit is seen in many other members of the coraciiformes order. These bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks or open flat areas. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 7 spherical white eggs are laid. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds also feed and roost communally. The call is similar to that of the European Bee-eater.(wikipedia)

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pamsai 8 years ago


MrsPbio 8 years ago

A little privacy, for goodness sakes! LOL

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Beautiful series HemantKumar....Congratulations :)

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Absolutely marvelous series! Congratulations!

HemantKumar 8 years ago

thank you so much karen, Mark ......:)
Dutta Gupta i use canon60D with 400mm 5.6

duttagupta35504 8 years ago

What camera do you use?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Congratulations sir! Superb photos.

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Hemant, you pair of blue-tailed bee-eaters is our Rangers’ choice, Spotting of the Week!


Stevano Puasa
Stevano Puasa 8 years ago

Beautifull birds.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Fantastic series!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 8 years ago

Yo man, what a timing!

HemantKumar 8 years ago

thank you Dotun

dotun55 8 years ago

Caught in the act. You've done well!

HemantKumar 8 years ago

thank you Ava :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Terrific series, HemantKumar.

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Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Apr 21, 2014
Submitted on Apr 21, 2014

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