Species Details

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Green Bee-eater Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Merops orientalis
Family : Meropidae
Order : Coraciiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Scattered trees, cultivated lands, coasts and grazing lands.
Description : Green bee-eaters have a bright green plumage on their head, back, and wings. They have a blue throat, a black eye stripe, and a long, curved beak. Their underparts are yellow, and their tail feathers are elongated and have a blue-black tip.
They are approximately 18-20 cm long and weigh around 20-25 grams.
These birds are found in a wide range of habitats such as open woodlands, scrublands, and grasslands. They are also found in agricultural areas and near water sources. Their diet consists of various insects, especially bees, wasps, and dragonflies, which they catch by hawking them in the air.
Green bee-eaters are known for their acrobatic flight and often hunt insects on the wing. They are also known to gather in large flocks during the non-breeding season and can be seen perched on branches or wires.
These birds are monogamous and breed between March and June. They nest in burrows in sandy banks, and the female lays 4-7 eggs. They are found in South and Southeast Asia, from India and Sri Lanka to Southeast Asia, and as far as New Guinea and Australia.
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:Sun Madakan(www.xeno-canto.org/Sun Madakan), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.