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little green bee-eater

By Swamiji
Quite an Indian bird.... captured this one last month at Jaipur (Rajasthan).
(do click on the pic for large view...)
The little green bee-eater (Merops orientalis) is an exquisite little bird with bright emerald green plumage. He can be identified by a narrow black stripe on its throat, known as a ‘gorget’, as well as a black ‘mask’ that runs through its crimson eyes. Also distinctive are the two central, long, narrow, black tail streamers. The wings are largely green, sometimes tinted with gold or reddish-brown, and have a black trailing edge. The crown may be green, or may be strongly tinged with reddish-brown, and the bill is long. Body length is about 16 - 18 cm, whereas tail length is up to 10 cm. The wingspan is about 9 to 10 cm.
They are mostly see in the plains but can sometimes be found up to 5000 or 6000 feet in the Himalayas. Like other species in the genus, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before swallowing prey, a bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch.

Tags: Macro Wildlife and nature Swamiji green bee-eater

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
15 Mar 2016 1:28PM
A super image.
sawsengee Plus
14 6 40 Malaysia
15 Mar 2016 3:25PM
excellent capture with gorgeous colours & image clarity Smile
15 Mar 2016 4:48PM
Lovely capture
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2016 8:01PM
A terrific shot

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