Small Green Bee Eater (Merops Orientalis)
Bee eaters as known to most as small,
brightly colored, tropical Old World coraciiform birds (birds with a
strong, sharp bill, fused front toes, and usually bright coloration
including- kingfishers, hornbills and bee-eaters). The small green
bee-eater is no exception to the rule.
¤ Charms of Green Bee Eater
This is a petite little grass green colour bird no bigger than a
sparrow. Its green has hints of reddish brown on the head and neck
which is ornamented with a prominent black necklace. The
slender bill is slightly curved and could be called long, keeping in
mind the size of the bird. The graceful look of the bird is well
matched by a pleasant jingling `teet-teet or chirpy
`tree-tree-tree which the bird constantly utters even in flight.
They are noisiest when they conjugate at dawn to roost in thick
canopies fluttering and flying in all directions.
The bird has a rather graceful manner of predation making the entire
exercise look almost effortless. This bee eater launches an aerial
sortie after its prey (which is usually a bee) snapping it up in its
bill and circling back gracefully on outstretched motionless wings to
its perch where the victim is thrashed to death and gobbled up.
¤ Found In
The small green bee eater is often seen in pairs or parties sitting
on phone wires and fence posts in open country throughout the Indian
union. In large parts of northern India it is known by its Hindi name
harriala meaning green. The bird clearly seems to favour
open country around cultivated fields or in forest clearings. But if
you are in a city keep a look out for this bird in the garden or even
in the golf course. and if you are out on a sea shore you still have a
chance of seeing it in the shady patch above the sandy beach where it
seems to enjoy spending time.
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