Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Latin Name: 
Merops philippinus

Sexes alike. Elongated central tail feathers. Greenish above, with faint blue wash on wings; bluish rump, tail diagnostic; yellow upper throat-patch with chestnut throat and upper breast; slightly curved black beak, broad black stripe through eye. The very similar Blue-cheeked Bee-eater M. persicus (31cm) has a  dull-white and blue-green cheek-patch. In good light, the greenish rump and tail help identification. Usually small flocks, frequently in vicinity of water; launches short, elegant flights from wire or tree perch; characteristic flight, a few quick wingbeats and a stately glide.

open country, light forests, vicinity of water, cultivation; may occasionally be seen in coastal areas.
winged insects.
exact range of these species not correctly known; breeds in parts of NW and N India, and perhaps patchily through E and SC India; spreads wide during the rains and winter; both species frequently seen together in winter.
Call Description: 
musical, ringing notes, chiefly uttered in flight.
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