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My rendezvous with Blue-tailed Bee-eaters

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus), which resembles the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merop spersicusis), is probably the most vibrant among the bee-eaters found in India. Years ago, we first saw this bird, perched on a bare branch on the edge of a mangrove forest in a coastal area of West Bengal. It was great to see them fly and again glide down swiftly, mostly with a catch, on the same perch. Since then, we are in love with this fascinating beauty.

Portrait of a flying blue-tailed bee-eaters.

Spectacular colours of blue-tailed bee-eaters

Dancing in the air.

Evening flight of blue-tailed bee-eater.

Nesting of BTBE

These bee-eaters make partial or local migration, as we found some of them occasionally in different places of West Bengal throughout the year


BTBE loves to bathe in water

The Juggler

Fresh water pool, lake, river or sea—is quintessential around their nesting places

Wings of fire.

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