Merops philippinus   Linnaeus,  1766 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Meropidae

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Description
Size: 23-26 cm.

Voice: Liquid trilling prrreew.

Habits: Keeps in loose flocks when foraging. Perch on exposed telegraph wires. Hawks insects in continuous flight, roosts communally in trees, outside breeding season. Sometimes also hunts from treetops at forest edges.

Sexes alike. Adult: Blue rump and tail, green forehead and supercilium are the diagnostics. Juvenile: With strong blue cast to rump, upper tail-coverts and tail , and less defined rufous throat.

Synonym (s)

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

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Mainly dragonflies, wasps and bees.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• INDIA
• PAKISTAN
• BANGLADESH
• SRI LANKA
• MALDIVES
• Goa, Mayem Lake INDIA (Record: 27/11/1972, 12/12/1972)
• Goa, Bicholim INDIA (Record: 27/11/1972, 12/12/1972)
• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA

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
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at - http://www.pbase.com/
  • Dutta, SK (2007) Biodiversity assessment of Dhamra port site and surrounding areas, Orissa Greenpeace India 4-38 Available at - http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/india/press/reports/greenpeace-biodiversity.pdf
  • Davidar, Priya; Yoganand, K; Ganesh, T and Nayak, KG (2007) Avifauna of the andaman islands: preliminary inventory and distributional patterns Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 104(3) 298-310 Available at - NIO, Goa

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