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Blue-tailed Bee-eater - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by suleesia
Penang, Malaysia, 21 October 2006
Merops philippinus

Merops superciliosus


Photo © by jweeyh
Singapore, 12 November 2018

28–30 cm (11-11¾ in); plus 7cm tail streamers

  • Green plumage
  • Narrow blue patch on face
  • Black eye stripe
  • Yellow and brown throat
  • Black bill
  • Blue tail; 2 elongated central tail feathers

Sexes similar


Sri Lanka, India to southern China, south-eastern Asia, New Guinea and Indonesia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open country usually associated with water, along rivers, marshes and ricefields.


These birds can be found feeding and roosting communally.

Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, 17 October 2013


The diet consists of honey bees, wasps and hornets and a variety of other bugs and beetles.


Colonial breeders. The nests are at the end of a longish tunnel in a sandy bank. The clutch consists of 5-7 spherical white eggs which are incubated by both adults.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Fry, H. & Boesman, P. (2019). Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55846 on 9 November 2019).
  3. BirdForum Member observations
  4. Fry, C.F., Fry, K. and Harris, A. (1991). Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, and Rollers. Princeton University Press
  5. Gregory, P. (2017) Birds of New Guinea, Including Bismarck Archipelago and Boughainville. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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