11 October 2011

Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Merops philippinus

The Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus is back...enjoy

The Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southeastern Asia.

This is a bird which breeds in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields. It is most often seen near large waterbodies.

Like other bee-eaters it predominantly eats insects, especially beeswasps andhornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.This species probably takes bees anddragonflies in roughly equal numbers. The insect that are caught are beaten on the perch to kill and break the exoskeleton. This habit is seen in many other members of the coraciiformes order.

                                                                                                               Loc:  Selangor Msia Oct 2011

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