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Green Bee-eater

Merops orientalis

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Green Bee-eater
Merops orientalis Green Bee-eater

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Ashish, I've only seen them on phone wires too, but before our technology, they lived closer to the ground. "They nest in hollows in vertical mud banks. The nest tunnel that they construct can run as much as 5 feet long and the 3-5 eggs are laid on the bare ground in the cavity at the end of the tunnel." At this Wiki site there are some pictures of them on the ground and also taking a sand bath.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Thanks Ava... for info..
Here in Western ghats... I have to check with local experts about this fact... I am not a Bird specialist...!!
Since my trekking around Western Ghats in last 25 years.. I see this cute birds always taking flights and seated on Electric wires...

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

AshishNimkar, actually, bee eaters nest in sand banks so it makes sense to see it on the ground.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Noe and are right
We call it Common Bee eater. Is it cub.. that's why it is grounded....This bird rarely seen grounded otherwise...?

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 9 years ago

It is a bee eater

Chaitanya 9 years ago


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Haora, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 24, 2011
Submitted on Jun 25, 2011

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