668. Merops viridis

668. GREEN BEE-EATER.
MEROPS VIRIDIS.
Merops viridis, Linn. Syst. Nat. i. p. 182 (1766) ; Shelley, B. of Egypt, p. 171 ; Dresser, v. p. 171, pl. 297 ; id. Monogr. Merop, p. 31, pls. viii, ix. ; Sharpe, Oat. B. Br. Mus. xvii. p. 78 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iii. p. 110 ; M. viridissimus Swains. B. W. Afr. ii. p. 82 (1837).
Patringa, Harrial, Hindu. ; Kurumenne-Kurulla, Cing. ; Hnet-pasin-to, Burm.
Male ad. (Egypt). Upper parts, wings, and tail bright green, under parts similar but duller ; crown and nape tinged with rufescent golden, the lower back, rump, scapulars, and inner secondaries, with blue green ; quills rufous on the inner webs, and tipped with black ; tail-feathers dusky rufescent on the inner webs, the middle feathers much elongated ; a band through the eye and gorget black ; a line below the eye-band bright blue ; throat and abdomen tinged with blue ; bill blackish ; legs dull plumbeous ; iris crimson. Culmen 0.95, wing 3.65, lateral tail-feathers 2.95, the middle ones 5.35, tarsus 0.45 inch. Sexes alike. Specimens from India have the throat bluer, and those from Burma have the head ferruginous.
Hab. North-eastern Africa and Senegambia north to Pal¬estine ; in Asia through Persia to India, Ceylon, Burma, Siam, and Cochin China.
In habits, note, and food, this species does not differ from its allies. Its nest-hole, which is from 3 to 7 feet in length with a globular chamber at the end, is tunnelled in a bank, or some¬times on level ground, and from March to May its 4 to 6 eggs are deposited on the bare ground. These are glossy white, roundish in form, and in size average about 0.76 by 0.68.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
668. Merops viridis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
668
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
467
Common name: 
Green Bee Eater
M_ID: 
9526
M_CN: 
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
M_SN: 
Merops leschenaulti
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10297

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