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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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