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Blue-tailed Bee-eater

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Rainbow Bee-eater Alternate name
Merops philippinus Scientific name 
Coraciiformes Order
Meropidae   Family   
24 cm Length
Tropical mangrove, forest urban areas, gardens, often near water, in:- Bangladesh,   CambodiaChinaHong Kong, [India:- Andaman, Nicobar] [Indonesia:- Bali, Bangka, Flor?, Island of Timor, Java, Komodo, Lesser Sunda, Mentawai Archipelago, Mollucas, Nias, Riau Islands, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Sumba, Sumbawa] Island of Borneo Island of New Guinea, Laos, Lombok, Malaysia, [Melanesia:- ( Papua New Guinea, BismarkNew Britain)] Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, [Philippines:- Lucon, Mindoro, Negros, Panay, Samar ] Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. Habitat-Altitude-Range
Flying insects which it hawks from a perch. wasps, bees and hornets form a large part of their diet. Food   Diet
1176 World Number

Least Concern


view photos Photo Feb 07 by Valkyrie6425 all rights reserved

Taken in Cebu, Central Visayas Phillipines

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Blue-tailed Bee-eater calls
(Merops philippinus)
David Farrow XC19601
260205, Cambodia

Video by Added  February 26, 2007From  kcsam 

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