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Blue-Throated Bee-Eater

Blue-Throated Bee-Eater
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-24 5:11
Viewed: 3489
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue-throated Bee-eater
Merops viridis

Main features: Small (27-28cm), chocolate head, nape and upper back contrasts with blue throat; long central tail streamers (9cm). Genders look alike.

Juvenile: Duller; chocolate cap replaced by green; throat green rather than blue; lacks elongated central feathers.

Call: Described as a liquid be-rek, be-rek; terrip-terrip. Alarm call is a sharp chip.

In flight: Metallic pale rump contrasts with darker blue upper tail.

Similar birds: Blue-tailed Bee-eater (M. philippinus): Has e rufous throat; lacks the chocolate head and back of the Blue-throated. Both have a long blue tail, similar call and look similar in flight, although the Blue-tailed glides more.

Status in Singapore: Common resident and uncommon winter visitor throughout the island and to North and South offshore islands.

World distribution: East and Southeast Asia including Java and Borneo.

Classification: Family Meropidae. World 26 species, Singapore 2 species. The Malay name is berek berek which is the sound of its call.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-24 5:22]

Very nice photo, naturel colors and good sharpness!

Hello Ang,

Excellent picture.
Beautiful colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good note.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-24 14:01]

wow, that is not just a blue-throated, but a blue-throated-green-breasted-brown-headed-blue-tailed bee-eater! :-)
great catch and capture, looks like he is going to have lunch any second now. sharpness, colors and details are wonderful.
well done & take care, thor.

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