Green Bee-eater

Green-Bee-Eater

(Hindi name- Patringa)

Green bee-eater is not a shy bird. Rather it is bold in a strange way. Considering its boldness as strange it is called as ‘veda raghu’ in Marathi. This means the bird doesn’t understand the danger and keeps dwelling at the same place.

In this article we will explore where to spot this bird, and learn more about its habits and habitat.

Habitat: Best places to spot Green Bee-eater

Green bee-eater is found in arid wood lands with scattered trees and bare soil or sand, grassland and scrub forest often far from water.

Nesting Habits

It is solitary nester. The nests are tunnels in sandy bank. This tunnel may run 5 ft long.

Food Habits

Green bee-eater usually forages alone. Sometimes it forages in small flocks. It feeds on insects – especially bees, wasps, ants etc. It strikes the prey repeatedly on perch before eating and removes its stings and exoskeleton.

Plumage: How does this bird looks.

Green bee-eater is a slender and richly coloured bird. It is green bird with bluish ting on chin and throat. The crown and upper back are tinged with golden rufous. The flight feathers are rufous and tipped with black. The bill is black.

Its legs are dark grey, the feet are weak with three toes joined at the base. Both male and female are similar. The tail has central elongated feather. The juveniles lack the elongated tail feathers.

Breeding

Green bee-eater is thought to be a monogamous bird. It breeds from March to June. Female lays 3-5 eggs. Both sexes incubate the eggs incubation is of around 14 days and chicks fledge in 3-4 weeks.

Behaviour

Green bee-eater is social bird and seen in small groups. It roost communally also take dust bath together. Dust bathing helps the bird to dislodge the harmful parasites also it removes excess oil from feathers.

Other

Green bee-eater is non migratory bird but seasonal movements can be seen.

Classification:

  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Aves
  • Order – Caraciformes
  • Family – Meropidae
  • Genus – Merpos
  • Species – M. Orientalis
  • Binomial name – Merpos Orientalis

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