Blue-throated bee-eater

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Blue-throated bee-eater
Blue-throated bee-eater (Merops viridis).jpg
Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae
Genus: Merops
Species: M. viridis
Binomial name
Merops viridis

The blue-throated bee-eater (Merops viridis) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family. It is found in south-east Asia in its natural habitat of subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

This species is alternatively named the chestnut-headed bee eater but should not be confused with the species of that name (Merops leschenaulti).


Two subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • M. v. viridis - Linnaeus, 1758: Found from southern China to Indochina and the Greater Sundas
  • Rufous-crowned bee-eater (M. v. americanus) - Statius Müller, PL, 1776: Considered by some authorities as a separate species. Found in the Philippines

In captivity[edit]

This species is very rare in captivity. The Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany kept this species between 1999 & 2004.


  • Collar, N.J. 2011. Species limits in some Philippine birds including the Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus. Forktail number 27: 29-38.
  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Merops viridis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Todies, motmots, bee-eaters, hoopoes, wood hoopoes, hornbills« IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2018-06-13.

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