Sunday, 10 November 2013

Green Bee-eater - Merops Orientalis

When we drove through the Thiruvanamalai district of Tamil Nadu, we were amazed to see the healthy population of Green Bee-eaters; I counted more than 50 or so. We've have also spotted this little colorful bird at several places at Karnataka.
The bee-eaters sat in pairs on electric poles/wires along the roadside. At places, there were small groups of bee-eaters, playing, and enjoying the Sun. Was beautiful to watch the colors on their wings, when the birds flew. The bee-eaters are insectivorous; eat bees, wasps, ants, and so on. Both sexes are almost alike. Interesting information about sun bathing and nesting is available on Wikipedia.

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