Species Details

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

Scientific Name : Nyctyornis athertoni
Family : Meropidae
Order : Coraciiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Moist deciduous and secondary evergreen forests, forest streams and clearings.
Description : The Blue-bearded Bee-eater has a bright green back, blue head and throat, a distinctive blue beard and mustache, and a reddish-brown breast. It also has a long, curved beak and a short, square-ended tail. This bird is about 24-25 cm (9-10 inches) in length and weighs about 40-50 grams (1.4-1.8 oz). It is found in forests, woodland, and savanna habitats in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. The Blue-bearded Bee-eater feeds primarily on insects, especially bees, wasps, and hornets, which it catches in flight.
This bird is usually solitary or found in pairs. It perches on high branches or wires and sallies forth to catch its prey in mid-air. It may also occasionally hover like a kingfisher while looking for food. The Blue-bearded Bee-eater usually breeds from March to May, building a nest in a burrow in a dirt bank or sometimes in a termite mound. The female lays 2-3 eggs, which are incubated for about 18-20 days. The young fledge after about 24-26 days. The Blue-bearded Bee-eater is considered a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although its populations are believed to be declining due to habitat loss and hunting.
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:Scott Connop(www.xeno-canto.org/Scott Connop), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.