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Colourful birds with long tails, long decurved beaks and pointed wings. This specie are larger of the bee-eaters, predominantly green with a red colouration to face that extends on to the slightly hanging throat feathers to form the “beard”. The male (featured in the photos have a more prominent larger patch of lilac color on the forehead as opposed to the female.
This specie of bee-eater is found in openings in patches of dense forest. They nest in burrows tunnelled into the side of sandy banks.