Alternative name: Little Green Bee-eater
[ edit] Identification
16-18cm (6ΒΌ-7 in)
Head and underpart colours vary according to subspecies
[ edit] Distribution
, December 2004
Africa, Middle East and Asia:
Northern Africa: Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda
Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
[ edit] Taxonomy
[ edit] Subspecies
There are 8 subspecies
Subdesert steppes of Chad to Red Sea coast of Sudan
Nile Valley (Lake Nasser to delta)
From the north end of Persian Gulf to Baluchistan and western India
[ edit] Habitat
Na Ngua, Phetchabun,
, June 2017
Around water bodies, river sides, open cultivated areas, scrub forests, parks and gardens, open woodland.
[ edit] Behaviour
They catch bees and other insects in flight and retun to the same perch to batter them to remove the sting before eating.
[ edit] Breeding
Nests are made in a tunnel in sandy banks. The 4 to 8 spherical white eggs are incubated by both the male and the female.
[ edit] Vocalisation
Listen in an external program
Nazafgarh Wetlands, Gurgaon, Haryana,
A pair, ssp.
, calling while examining a mud-embankment for possible nesting site, early summer-time.
[ edit] References
Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
BF Member observations
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