Blue-throated Bee-eater

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

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia