Merops persicus, Pall.
120. :- Merops aegypius, Vieill. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 209 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 456 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 382 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 108; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 61.
THE EGYPTIAN BEE-EATER.
Length, 12 to 12.5; expanse, 18.5; wing, 6.21; tail to the end of the central tail-feathers, 5.5 ; tarsus, 0.44 ; bill at gape, 2.34 ; bill at front, 1.6.
Bill black ; irides crimson; feet dark-plumbeous.
Above, including wings and tail, green mixed with verdigris-blue on the back, rump, and upper tail-coverts; forehead with a narrow line of yellowish-white, succeeded by a pale blue band, which continues over the eyes ; a dark line through the eyes to the ear-coverts, which are mixed greenish blue and dusky; below this from the gape is another narrow white line, edged with pale blue ; chin yellow ; throat deep chesnut; rest of the lower parts blue-green; tail even, with the two centre tail-feathers' elongated.
The Egyptian Bee-eater is a common seasonal visitant to all parts of Sind, but occurs less commonly in Guzerat, Rajpootana' and Central India, and is extremely rare in the Deccan.