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.