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Blue-throated Bee-eater

From Opus

Rufous-crowned Bee-eaterPhoto by Bobby6425 Philippines
Rufous-crowned Bee-eater
Photo by Bobby6425
Merops viridis

Includes: Rufous-crowned Bee-eater


[edit] Identification

21 cm (8¼ in); streamers, a further 9 cm (3½ in)

  • Brown head, nape and upper back
  • Blue throat
  • 9cm long central tail streamers

Sexes similar

  • Green cap and throat
  • Lacks elongated central feathers

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in China

Photo by James WangDongzhai Reserve, Henan Province, China
Photo by James Wang
Dongzhai Reserve, Henan Province, China

Southeast Asia: Indochina, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • M. v. viridis:
  • M. v. americanus:

[edit] Habitat

Forest edge, open country and grassland, woodland, scrub, coastal areas and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes bees, wasps, hornets, ants, dragonflies, grasshoppers, small lizards and fish.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in an earth bank, preferring sandy soil. The clutch consists of 3-6 white eggs which are incubated by both parents.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. naturia

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