Green Bee-Eater

Context

  • Recently, the Green Bee-Eater was sighted in the Delhi-NCR region.

About Green Bee-Eater

  • The Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) is dainty (16-18 cm), bright green in plumage, slender-bodied, with blood-red eyes.
  • Its slim lengthened black bill is slightly curved which is a characteristic of an insect-eater (insectivore).
  • It will station itself on conspicuous perches like the top branch of a high tree, a shrub, or a stalk of grain or grass, electricity poles or wires and other vantage points.
  • Green Bee-eaters are quite widespread and are resident (with slight seasonal movements locally) across the country.
  • Its vast range stretches from Mauritania in West Africa, to sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Middle East and India as far in the north as Nepal.
  • Common in all kinds of habitats i.e. wetlands, scrublands and even in densely populated urban settlements.
  • IUCN-Least Concern (LC)