Merops philippinus

Merops philippinus, Lin.

118. :- Merops philippensis, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 207; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 456 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 381; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 108.

THE BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATER.

Length, 12 to 12.5; wing 5.25 ; tail, 5.75; tarsus, 0.5; bill at front, 1.6.

Bill black; irides crimson; feet plumbeous.

Head, neck, back, wing-coverts, and tertiaries dull grass-green, with more or less rufous gloss; rump and upper tail-coverts bright azure-blue; a black eye-streak from the base of both mandibles to the end of the ear-coverts, with a pale blue line beneath; quills dull green-rufous towards the edge of the inner webs, and black tipped; tail dull blue; chin yellow-white ; throat dark ferruginous, extending to the sides of the face and neck as far as the end of the ear-coverts; breast and upper abdomen green, glossed with rufous; lower abdomen and vent paler, and with a blue tinge and the under tail-coverts pale blue; the tail is nearly even, with the centre pair of feathers elongate and the pair next them slightly shorter.

The Blue-tailed Bee-eater occurs sparingly throughout the greater portion of our district.

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 philippinus
Spp Author: 
Lin.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
94
Common name: 
Blue Tailed Bee Eater
M_ID: 
9517
M_CN: 
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
M_SN: 
Merops philippinus
Term name: 
id: 
11322

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