Merops persicus   Pallas,  1773 (Bird)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Meropidae

Image copyrights: Sumit K Sen

Description
Size: 24-26 cm.

Voice: Liquid trilling prrreew.

Habits: Keeps in loose flocks when foraging. Perches on exposed telegraph wires. Hawks insects in continuous flight, roosts communally in trees, outside breeding season.

Sexes alike. Adult: Has chestnut throat yellow chin, bronze-green tail whitish forehead and turquoise-and-white supercilium, pure green upper and underparts. Juvenile: Has diffuse pale fringes to upper and underparts. Lacks blue on supercilium and cheeks.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Dragonflies, damselflies, bees, wasps and other flying insects.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• INDIA
• PAKISTAN

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Birds of India Available at - http://www.kolkatabirds.com/

Page last updated on:2010-09-16

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