Species Details

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Chestnut‑headed Bee‑eater Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Merops leschenaulti
Family : Meropidae
Order : Coraciiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Mixed deciduous and evergreen forests.
Description : Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters are about 25 cm (10 inches) long and have a wingspan of approximately 35-40 cm (14-16 inches). The upperparts of the bird are green, with a bright chestnut-colored head and throat, black eye stripe, and a pale blue patch on the throat. The underparts are pale greenish-yellow. Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters are migratory birds and are found in India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. They are mainly insectivorous and feed on bees, wasps, and other flying insects, which they catch in mid-air. Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters are found in open habitats such as savannas, grasslands, and woodland clearings, usually near water. They breed in burrows in riverbanks and sandbanks. Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters are listed as a species of "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, like many other bird species, they face threats from habitat loss due to deforestation, agriculture, and human development.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.