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A pair of blue-tailed bee-eaters were spotted at the river side of TPP8A


Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) Photo captured by Chairman Mr Kong at Tmn Putra Prima 8A wetland

Blue-tailed Bee-eater   (Merops philippinus)


Size & diagnostic markings:- The Blue-tailed Bee-eater is 24 cm long with the streamers extending another 7.5 cm. bronze green crown all the way to the back, thin border of pale yellow at the throat followed by chestnut color on the rest of the throat to the breast. Blue -green on the upper part and the under part pale yellow.
Distribution :-  The bird is native in Philippines, Sulawesi and the surrounding Islands. Then breeds in countries at the southern foothills of the Himalayas. 
Habitats & preferences:- This is lowland open country birds. Found often in ricefields and besides mangrove forest.
In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- This bird when arriving into the country will spread its presence to all urban as well as rural area at the beginning of the season. Some spot the bird would stay for a longer period while others just a day or so. The bird would settle down and be present in entire season in areas of open country. As mentioned earlier, padifields and edge of pathways in mangrove forest.

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