Scientific Name: Merops philippinus
Malay Name: Berek-berek Zaitun Asia
Chinese Name: 栗喉蜂虎
Range: Widespread through South and Southeast Asia
Size: 23-24 cm
Identification: Adult quite distinctive and is green overall with orange-chestnut lower throat, black eyestripe that gets thinner closer to the bill and bluish rump/tail. Also shows the typical shape of a bee-eater — long and slightly downcurved bill with long tail-streamers. Juvenile has duller lower throat and lacks tail-streamers.
Similar looking species: Blue-throated Bee-eater
Habitat: Open and urban areas, marshes, grasslands and forests.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds in flight on a variety of flying insects including dragonflies, bees and large flies.
Local Status: Common migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2016). Merops philippinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22683750A92998513.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Blue-tailed Bee-eater. Retrieved on September 22, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/blue-tailed-bee-eater.