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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: 2009-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-26 3:52
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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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