Green bee-eater Merops orientalis

Key features Green birds with blue chin, black eye stripe and neck band. The head is tinged with orange-brown. They have wire-like elongated tail feathers. Range Throughout India.
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Photo1 Courtesy of JJ Harrison, Photo2 Courtesy of Jason Thompson
Sound Courtesy of Vir Joshi, XC122982. Accessible at

Blue-tailed bee-eater Merops philippinus

Key features Green birds with brown neck and black eye stripe. The bluish tail has wire-like elongated feathers. Range Throughout India with breeding range falling in Northern India and North-Eastern India, found in South India during non-breeding season.Seen near farmland, parks or ricefields. It is most often seen near large waterbodies.
Merops philippinus

Photo1 Courtesy of JJ Harrison, Photo2 Courtesy of Jason Thompson
Sound Courtesy of Paul I. Holt, AV#4024. Accessible at Avocet Avian Vocalizations Center.

Referred from: 1. Wikipedia  2.BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Merops philippinus. Downloaded from on 12/01/2015

Blue-cheeked bee-eater Merops persicus

Key features Green birds with a broad blue “eyebrow” and a blue cheek. The neck has yellow above and brown below. The greenish tail has wire-like elongated feathers.Range North western and Northern India.It is found in semi-desert areas and open grassland.
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Photo1 Courtesy of Yuriy75, Photo2 Courtesy of Werner Witte
Sound Courtesy of Thijs Fijen, XC118138, Accessible at

Indian Range Referred from: .BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Merops persicus. Downloaded from on 13/01/2015


Chestnut-headed bee-eater Merops leschenaulti

Key features Green birds with a brown cap extending to the back of the neck. Yellow chin with a black neck band. This bee-eater has a regular bird tail i.e. it has no fancy wire-like extensions in its tail. Range South India barring the the plateau region, in North-eastern India and in Northern India parallel to Himalayas and down into Bengal.The bird is found near water,open woodlands.It is most common in highland areas.
merops leschenaulti

Photo1 Courtesy of Xavier Sandel, Photo2 Courtesy of Vijay Anand Ismavel
Sound Courtesy of Patrik Åberg, XC125373. Accessible at