The blue-cheeked bee-eater (Merops persicus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family, Meropidae. The genus name Merops is Ancient Greek for "bee-eater", and persicus is Latin for "Persian".

It breeds in Northern Africa, and the Middle East from eastern Turkey to Kazakhstan and India. It is generally strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, although some populations breed and live year round in the Sahel. This species occurs as a rare vagrant north of its breeding range, with most vagrants occurring in Italy and Greece.
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Date Location Count
2020-11-12 16:10Arava Valley--Elifaz Sewage Ponds ביוב אליפז2
2020-11-29 09:17Liuwa Plain NP1
2020-11-15 09:24Entebbe Botanical Garden1
2020-11-08 08:39Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site3
2020-11-07 11:30Tarangire NP--Silale Swamp6
2020-11-22 08:15Lukenya Hill (1600-1820m)
2020-11-21 16:30Magongo Hills7
2020-11-08 06:25Amboseli NP2
2020-11-28 09:59Rockwall Dam3
2020-11-20 14:00Douda Mangroves6
2020-11-28 11:05Lower Galana River, Tsavo East NP
2020-11-10 10:55Abraq Al-Habari2
2020-11-14 10:41Ngezi Forest2
2020-11-21 07:00Jozani Chwaka Bay NP
2020-11-21 11:11Sulaibiya Pivot Fields - Southern Section (Restricted Access)2
2020-11-28 09:46Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast6
2020-11-13 05:58Al Asfar Lake (بحيرة الأصفر)10
2020-11-13 16:44Umhlanga Lagoon NR2
2020-11-29 07:57iSimangaliso WP - Eastern Shores
2020-11-30 09:18St Lucia - estuary15
2020-11-20 15:01Dunes de Dovela21
2020-11-06 06:15Arikhiya Farm
2020-11-04 16:00Mirfa--eastern shoreline8
2020-11-19 10:30Al Marmoom DCR--Al Qudra Pivots (no access)3
2020-11-13 06:00Private estate near Green Mubazzarah5
2020-11-04 07:53Khor Kalba (Alqurm Protected Area)3
2020-11-08 10:00Wetland near Jamnagar Railway Station
2020-11-08 06:47Great Rann of Kachchh--Dholavira35
2020-11-06 07:00Vibhapar
2020-11-16 07:40Girnar WLS4
2020-11-05 08:01Khirasara Grassland2
2020-11-02 16:00Prashnavada Wetland30
2020-11-07 18:28Garida Dam1
2020-11-04 13:14Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary5
2020-11-17 07:36Bhaskarpara Narmada Canal Area2
2020-11-14 13:30Vadala Dam10
2020-11-02 07:08Nalsarovar Outskirts--Aniyali2
2020-11-12 16:19Velavadar NP1
2020-11-06 15:15Kumbharwada wetland4
2020-11-09 09:15Kanjari Deer Sanctuary8
2020-11-08 13:27Rancharda Lake3
2020-11-12 16:49Limbasi-Vastana Rd10
2020-11-12 16:06Pariej Lake2
2020-11-14 08:50Virar--Tuss Khadi Beach, Arnala5
2020-11-13 07:19Jyoti Wetlands, Vasai1
2020-11-14 11:07Bhuigaon Beach Vasai8
2020-11-04 06:35Bhuigaon Village-- Vasai1
2020-11-07 09:47Viva wetlands, Virar10
2020-11-21 07:02Merces, Near Suruchi beach1
2020-11-20 06:51Bena, Near Suruchi Beach10
2020-11-15 08:00Gogte saltpans vasai2
2020-11-06 07:09Umela swamps, Vasai19
2020-11-05 12:34Bhandup Pumping Station1
2020-11-07 10:49Jasai, Near Uran, Thane2
2020-11-11 07:45Gavdevi Mandir, Kharad-Malang5
2020-11-18 13:43Haji Malang1
2020-11-08 08:00Haji Malang1
2020-11-01 09:30Bhigwan -- Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary4
2020-11-18 10:00Changaram Wetlands -- Ezhupunna1
2020-11-28 11:30Thottappally beach5
2020-11-14 07:05Kuttanad Wetlands--Ayikkara Mukku-Vaniyamkadavu10