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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

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Nominate Subspecies : courting pairPhoto © by Alok Tewari Basai Wetlands, Gugaon, Haryana, India, May-2018
Nominate Subspecies : courting pair
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Basai Wetlands, Gugaon, Haryana, India, May-2018
Merops persicus

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[edit] Identification

Subspecies M. p. chrysocercusPhoto © by MikeB. Cuango valley, northern Angola, March 2005
Subspecies M. p. chrysocercus
Photo © by MikeB.
Cuango valley, northern Angola, March 2005

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.

Sexes alike

[edit] Similar Species

Similar to Blue-tailed Bee-eater but note blue supercilium. Distinctly larger than Little Green Bee-eater.

[edit] Distribution

Morocco, Algeria, eastern Turkey to Kazakhstan and North-western India; winters in tropical Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

ImmaturePhoto © by Alok Tewari Delhi, India, Aug. 2016
Immature
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Delhi, India, Aug. 2016

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • M. p. chrysocercus
  • M. p. persicus
  • Egypt to Lake Balkhash, Hindu Kush and North-western India; winters to southern Africa

[edit] Habitat

Dry semi desert areas, desert oases, coastal mangroves, scrub, reed beds and farmland.

[edit] Behaviour

Photo © by VijayashankaraSohar, Oman, April 2014
Photo © by Vijayashankara
Sohar, Oman, April 2014

They hawk from exposed perches and overhead power lines.

[edit] Diet

The African subspecies mostly eat dragonflies, whereas the Asian birds include bees, wasps and hornets too.

[edit] Breeding

They nest colonially in sandy banks, making a long tunnel. They lay 4-8 spherical white eggs which are incubated by both adults.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2019)

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