- Merops philippinus
28–30 cm (11-11¾ in); plus 7cm tail streamers
- Green plumage
- Narrow blue patch on face
- Black eye stripe
- Yellow and brown throat
- Black bill
- Blue tail; 2 elongated central tail feathers
Open country usually associated with water, along rivers, marshes and ricefields.
These birds can be found feeding and roosting communally.
The diet consists of honey bees, wasps and hornets and a variety of other bugs and beetles.
Colonial breeders. The nests are at the end of a longish tunnel in a sandy bank. The clutch consists of 5-7 spherical white eggs which are incubated by both adults.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Fry, H. & Boesman, P. (2019). Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55846 on 9 November 2019).
- BirdForum Member observations
- Fry, C.F., Fry, K. and Harris, A. (1991). Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, and Rollers. Princeton University Press
- Gregory, P. (2017) Birds of New Guinea, Including Bismarck Archipelago and Boughainville. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Blue-tailed Bee-eater. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Blue-tailed_Bee-eater