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Green Bee Eater in Rain

This weekend has been the most unproductive one in a long time!!! It was pouring in Bangalore so I thought ill head to my native (Shanthigrama) and try something out here.But to my bad luck it  started raining here as well .Here is the picture of  a Green Bee eater in rain which I had taken here in Shanthigrama, last month.

Green Bee eater in Rain

The Green Bee-eater,  Merops orientalis, (also known as Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird  in the bee – eater family.They breed in South-eastern Asia, and  seen during the season in most places in peninsular India.

It  is a richly coloured slender bird. It is about 9 inches (16–18 cm) long with about 2 inches made up by the elongated central tail-feathers.  The entire plumage is bright green and tinged with blue especially on the chin and throat. The crown and upper back  tinged with golden rufous. The flight feathers are rufous washed with green and tipped with blackish. A fine black line runs in front of and behind the eye. The iris is crimson and the bill is black while the legs are dark grey.

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.

Hope you like it.

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2 responses

  1. We have Merops Apiaster which has much more colours but even this one is lovely!

    August 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    • Cornel Apostol – thank you:) Merops Apiaster or European Bee-eater is a gorgeous looking bird too. Will hopefully able to click that beautiful bird sometime soon.
      cheers.

      August 29, 2012 at 1:32 am

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