667. Merops persicus

667. BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER.
MEROPS PERSICUS.
Merops persicus, Pall. Reis. Russ. Reichn, ii. Anhang. p. 708 (1773) ; Dresser, v. p. 165, pl. 296 ; id. Monogr. Merop. p. 63, pl. xvi. ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xvii. p. 66 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iii p. 112 ; M. oegyptius, Forsk, Descr. Anim. Aves, p. 1 (1775) ; Shelley, B. Egypt, p. 170, pl. vii. fig. 1 ; M. savignyi, Audouin expl. somm. p. 371 (1825).
Guepier d'Egypte, French ; Gruccione, forestiero, Ital.
Male ad. (Egypt). Forehead white passing into blue ; supercilium blue ; upper parts with wings parrot green, tinged with blue on the upper tail- coverts, and with russet on the wings and tail ; a broad black stripe passes from the gape through the eye to the ear, and is margined with white and then blue, passing to green on the cheeks ; chin dark yellow ; throat fox-red ; rest of under parts parrot green ; bill black ; legs dark brown iris crimson. Culmen 1.9, wing 6.25, tail 5.3, middle feathers extending 1.62 beyond the lateral ones, tarsus 0.5 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Of rare occurrence north of the Mediterranean ; Africa south to Cape Colony ; Asia north to Gurieff in Russia, south to the plain's of India, and east to the Bombay Deccan.
In habits, note, food, and nidification, it does not differ from M. apiaster, and its eggs are also similar.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
667. Merops persicus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
667
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
466
Common name: 
Blue Cheeked Bee Eater
M_ID: 
9511
M_CN: 
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
M_SN: 
Merops persicus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10063

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