Scientific Name: Merops viridis
Malay Name: Berek-berek Rengkung Biru
Chinese Name: 蓝喉蜂虎
Found from South China to Southeast Asia
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.
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BirdLife International. (2016). Merops viridis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22725900A94905359.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.