Scientific Name: Merops viridis
Malay Name: Berek-berek Leher 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
Identification: 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.
Behavior/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 (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Any patch of suitable habitat.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia