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A beautiful bird, essentially shades of green and blue, a yellow throat patch with a dark stripe above the breast. black eye-stripe with a thin line of blue below that. The eye is bright red and in flight the under-wings are a rusty buff. This species also has two fine long tail filaments.
These two were spotted in eucalypt forest just inland from mangrove forest on the outskirts of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia.
This is the only species of Meropidae found in Australia. I photographed them late in the day and was lucky to get this close to these often restless birds while they were still feeding.