Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)

Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater

The Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) is a widespread resident across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east. It also occurs along the Nile Valley and from Arabia east until Vietnam. I have photographed these colourful birds in Kachchh, western India, near the ancient ruins of the Indus civilization called Dholavira in January 2014.

Bee-eaters spend most of their time perching on fences or branches interrupted by short sweeps to catch insects. Other activites include bathing – mainly in sand, less so in water. They breed in burrows within mud banks which can reach a depth of up to 2 m. Fortunately for humans, they are pretty tame and do not flee easily or avoid areas inhabited by humans. Therefore, they can be readily observed, however, for photographers they are sometimes a little too skittish – flying here and there. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the photographs!

Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater

6 responses to “Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)

  1. Bee-eaters are such a delight, especially for us North American residents who can never get enough of this Old World bird. Your photos are stunning, and I especially like the last one with the contrast of the bright green on the rocks.

    • thank you! 🙂 I am also not used to see bee-eaters a lot! The European Bee-eater occurs in Germany and is also very colourful and pretty, but I have never seen one here – I have seen them in Italy once, but generally I always had to travel overseas to spot one! 🙂 glad you like the photographs!

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