Hindi name: Bada patringa
Blue-tailed bee-eater is gregarious bird. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory and seen seasonally in much of peninsular India.
How does the bird appear…
It is slender, richly coloured bird. It is predominantly green, with a black eye-stripe, a yellow and brown throat and a blue tail. It has black bill.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
It inhabits open fields, scrubland and agricultural fields.
It mainly feeds on dragonflies and bees by catching them in mid-air. It also takes insects, wasps and hornets.
Breeding & Nesting
It nests in colonies on mud banks and open flat areas by excavating a nest hole in the sand. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs.