Merops swinhoii

Merops swinhoii, Hume.

119. :- Merops quinticolor, Vieillot. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 208; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 382.

THE CHESNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER.

Length, 8.5 ; wing, 4.3 ; tail, 3.25 ; bill at front, 1.3.

Bill black ; irides fine crimson-red ; legs and feet plumbeous.

Whole top of the head, nape, hind-neck, and upper part of back rich chesnut; wing-coverts, interscapulars, and tertiaries bight green, the latter tinged with blue; rump and upper tail-coverts pale azure-blue ; quills dull green, tending to rufous on the inner web, and black tipped; tail, with the centre feathers, blue on the outer web, all the rest dull green, tipped dusky; tail even, or slightly emarginate, with the centre feathers not elongated ; beneath, the chin, throat, and sides of the neck up to the ear-coverts, pale yellow, below which is a band or collar of ferruginous, edged with black; the breast bright green; abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts the same, tinged with blue; wings within rufous-brown.

The Chesnut-headed Bee-eater occurs sparingly on the Western Ghats and in the jungles adjoining.

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 swinhoii
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
95
Common name: 
Chesnut Headed Bee Eater
M_ID: 
9526
M_CN: 
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
M_SN: 
Merops leschenaulti
id: 
11323

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