CORACIIFORMES of Asia
The Coraciiformes are very colorful birds. They reside mainly in the Old World, but there are also some in the New World. Some include the hornbills
in this order, but that will not be done
Order Coraciiformes Family Meropidae
species are found in Africa and Asia, but some occur in southern Europe, Australia, and New Guinea. They are characterized by richly colored plumage, slender bodies, and usually elongated central tail feathers. All have long downturned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar. While they eat any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet. The birds only catch prey that are on the wing and ignore flying insects once they land. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting and rubbing the insect on a hard surface. During this process, pressure is applied to the insect thereby extracting most of the venom. [abstracted from Wikipedia]
Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked Merops persicus
Found: Africa, Asia
The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater has mainly green plumage; blue-sided face; black eye-line, bill; yellow and brown throat.
: Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater has a forked tail; Blue-cheeked Bee-eater does not. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater has blue above and below the eye-line; Swallow-tailed has blue only below the eye-line.
Image by: 1) Marcel Holyoak
- Jordan 2) Koshy Koshy
Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Merops philippinus
The Blue-tailed Bee-eater has mainly green plumage; black eye-line with a little blue underneath; yellow and brown throat; blue tail; black bill. This species probably takes bees and dragonflies in roughly equal numbers.
Image by: 1) Lip Kee
- Malaysia 2, 3) Ravi Vaidyanathan
Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Merops leschenaulti
The Chestnut-headed Bee-eater has green upperparts; chestnut crown, nape; yellow throat; black eye-stripe; blue rump; black bill. It ranges from India east to Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Image by: 1) JJ Harrison
- Thailand 2) Ron Knight
- Thailand 3) Xavier Sandel
also European Bee-Eater Merops apiaster
The Eurasian Bee-eater has brown and yellow upperparts; green wings; yellow throat; black bill.
Image by: 1) Arno Meintjes
2) William Kreijkes
3) Jose Arino
4, 5) Dick Daniels
- Kigio Wildlife Conservancy (near Gilgil), Kenya 6) Mick Sway
Bee-eater, Green Merops orientalis
The Green Bee-eater has mainly green plumage; crown tinged with golden-rufous; some blue on the chin; black eye-line, black; elongated tail feathers.
Image by: 1) Raghu Peethambaran
2) Allan Hopkins
- India 3) J M Garg