Merops apiaster

Merops apiaster, Lin.

121. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 210; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 108.

THE EUROPEAN BEE-EATER.

Length., 10 to 11; expanse, 17 to 18; wing, 5.5 to 6 ; tail, 3.75 to 4.75 ; tarsus, 0.5 ; bill at front, 1.2.

Bill black; irides red; legs reddish-brown; forehead pale whitish-blue ;• body above maroon-red, passing into rufous-yellow on the rump ; a black eye-streak from the base of the bill, through the eye, nearly meeting another black band which crosses the lower part of the throat; chin and throat rich yellow; wings blue-green, or greenish blue, with most of the coverts and the secondaries chesnut, the latter black tipped, as are the primaries, though faintly; tertiaries blue-green ; tail dull green, the tips of the centre feathers bluish ; lower parts verdigris-blue.

Mr. Murray, in his Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, states that the European Bee-eater " occurs as a bird of passage in Sind, Kutch, Kattiawar, Rajpootana, and the Deccan." I have myself never met with the bird in India, but further north in Afghanistan, I found it very common.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Merops apiaster
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
95
Common name: 
European Bee-eater
M_ID: 
9530
M_CN: 
European Bee-eater
M_SN: 
Merops apiaster
Term name: 
id: 
11325

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