Alternative name: Little Green Bee-eater
16-18cm (6Ā¼-7 in)
Head and underpart colours vary according to subspecies
, 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
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
Around water bodies, river sides, open cultivated areas, scrub forests, parks and gardens, open woodland.
Na Ngua, Phetchabun,
, June 2017
They catch bees and other insects in flight and retun to the same perch to batter them to remove the sting before eating.
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.
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.
Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
BF Member observations