Species Details

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Blue‑tailed Bee‑eater Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Merops philippinus
Family : Meropidae
Order : Coraciiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Open sandy areas, wooded areas close to water, and mangroves.
Description : The blue-tailed bee-eater is about 20-23 cm in length, and it has a wingspan of about 30 cm. It has a green back and head, with a yellow throat and chest. The wings are mostly brown with blue and green feathers, and the tail is blue with black and white markings. The beak is long and slender, and it is used to catch insects in flight. Blue-tailed bee-eaters are social birds that are often seen in small flocks. They are migratory and spend the winter in southern Asia. They are typically found in open woodland areas, near water sources such as rivers and ponds. These birds feed primarily on insects, especially bees and wasps, which they catch in flight. They are known for their acrobatic flying abilities and can often be seen darting and swooping through the air in pursuit of their prey.
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;bird song owner:Ding Li Yong(www.xeno-canto.org/Ding Li Yong), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.