Scientific Name: Merops viridis
Malay Name: Berek-berek Rengkung Biru
Chinese Name: 蓝喉蜂虎
Found from South China to Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: viridis, americanus.
Local Subspecies: viridis
Size: 22.5-23.5 cm
Adult has mostly bluish-green body with dark chestnut crown and mantle, black eyestripe and bluish tail (with streamers) and throat. Juvenile is greener overall and lacks chestnut crown/mantle and tail streamers.
Similar looking species: Blue-tailed 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 resident and migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat.
BirdLife International. (2016). Merops viridis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.