Blue bearded bee-eater


Blue bearded bee-eater is found in much of Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia.It is a large species of bee-eater.

How does the bird appear…

It is grass green with a turquoise forehead, face and chin. Throat feathers are elongated and give beard like appearance when fluffed out. Belly is yellowish olive with streaks of green and blue. It has a large sickle shaped bill and the square ended tail which lacks the “wires” that are typical of smaller bee-eaters.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests, tropical and subtropical montane forests, moist deciduous forests, thick secondary evergreen forests, foothill forests and tropical and subtropical submontane forests.


It feeds on insects especially honey-bees.

Breeding & Nesting

It breeds from February to August. Nest is deep tunnel excavated in muddy bank. Nest excavation begins one month prior to the laying of legs. Usual clutch is of 4 eggs.

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