Little Green Bee-eater

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    Merops orientalis
    (From Wikipedia)
    The Little Green Bee-eater, is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in a belt across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam.
    This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It always has green upper parts, but the head and underpart colours vary widely depending on the race. Thus, southeast Asian birds have rufous crown and face, and green underparts, The wings are green and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 16-18 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.
    This is an abundant and fairly tame bird, familiar throughout its range. It is a bird which breeds in open country with bushes. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.

    This one was photographed in the town of Uran, in New Bombay, India.

    ShawnXian, chillipope, glennism, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. SaileshPanchal ages ago | reply

      nice pose and bg.
      just looks a touch soft, was this a crop?

    2. Ananda Debnath ages ago | reply

      Thanks. Yes... most pictures I have on here are crops.

    3. scott_rtw ages ago | reply

      Ananda, this is another great photo that I'd love to see in Natural History Mystery!

    4. chillipope ages ago | reply

      wonderful

    5. nyomee wallen ages ago | reply

      Wow . clean and neat beautiful one!

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