- Merops persicus
31 cm (12 in)
- Green overall plumage
- Blue sides to face
- Black eye stripe
- Yellow and brown throat
- Black bill
- Two elongated central tail feathers.
There are 2 subspecies:
- M. p. chrysocercus
- M. p. persicus
Dry semi desert areas, desert oases, coastal mangroves, scrub, reed beds and farmland.
They hawk from exposed perches and overhead power lines.
The African subspecies mostly eat dragonflies, whereas the Asian birds include bees, wasps and hornets too.
They nest colonially in sandy banks, making a long tunnel. They lay 4-8 spherical white eggs which are incubated by both adults.
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- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2019)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Blue-cheeked_Bee-eater