The blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southeastern Asia. It is strongly migratory, seen seasonally in much of peninsular India.

This species is sometimes considered to be conspecific with the blue-cheeked bee-eater, M. persicus.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green; its face has a narrow blue patch with a black eye stripe, and a yellow and brown throat; the tail is blue and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 23–26 cm, including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.

This is a bird which breeds in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields. It is most often seen near large waterbodies. Like other bee-eaters it predominantly eats insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.This species probably takes bees and dragonflies in roughly equal numbers. The insects that are caught are beaten on the perch to kill and break the exoskeleton. This habit is seen in many other members of the coraciiformes order.

These bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks or open flat areas. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 7 spherical white eggs are laid. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds also feed and roost communally. The call is similar to that of the European bee-eater.
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Date Location Count
2021-06-29 13:20Prashnavada Wetland3
2021-07-01 05:00Kallar Kahar Lake
2021-07-22 14:08Nalsarovar--Flamingo Sankul2
2021-07-03 13:32Sabarmati River near Motera Stadium2
2021-07-04 08:20Narmada Canal, Karai30
2021-07-10 07:00Punit Van10
2021-07-01 05:47Gujarat Forest Research & Training Institute3
2021-06-27 05:50Kheda (OBI)6
2021-07-02 10:00Sindhrot Nature Education Park18
2021-07-21 12:00Timbi Lake5
2021-07-11 04:30Head Marala7
2021-07-02 09:42Jalandhar4
2021-07-02 08:52Mehrun Lake, Jalgaon8
2021-07-01 09:08Rupnagar9
2021-07-24 17:55Chappar Chiri41
2021-07-17 17:27Pimprisekam-River Bhogawati1
2021-07-11 05:44Jawaharpur,Derabassi,near Chandigarh6
2021-07-21 07:30Ambala Cantt3
2021-07-09 05:45Kheda Jhanjhrola HR/IN1
2021-07-04 23:03Mundakhera Flat -- Jhajjar3
2021-07-09 06:54Chandu Najafgarh drain area Hr/IN1
2021-07-01 05:46Sakatpur Aravali Scrub8
2021-07-10 07:10Bhondsi Nature Park4
2021-07-18 07:18Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon2
2021-07-03 07:19Ghata Gaon - Sector 565
2021-07-21 07:11Mangar Bani5
2021-07-14 07:35RK Puram--Sector 33
2021-07-16 06:30Mangar village20
2021-07-17 12:15Mangar mohit farm2
2021-07-20 07:00Mangar Forest (OBI)10
2021-07-24 17:00Kuniyan Wetland-Main8
2021-07-17 06:36Jahanpanah City Forest1
2021-07-07 05:46Asola Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-07-24 06:00Madayi Para4
2021-07-25 12:21Cheruthazham Vayal1
2021-07-20 05:56Okhla Bird Sanctuary15
2021-07-25 12:33Ezhome1
2021-07-26 06:35Kattampally5
2021-07-11 09:21Surajpur Wetlands30
2021-07-25 08:06Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP3
2021-06-30 16:40Dhanauri Wetlands1
2021-07-08 17:20Ankasamudra Bird Sanctuary ಅಂಕಸಮುದ್ರ ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ4
2021-07-17 07:42kumbhari lake, Akola8
2021-07-24 08:45Wildlife Institute of India Campus4
2021-07-10 07:19Jodhpur Jhal Bird Sanctuary2
2021-07-25 07:46Bukkasagara Bridge, Hampi ಬುಕ್ಕಸಾಗರ ಸೇತುವೆ, ಹಂಪಿ1
2021-07-26 06:30Haiderpur Wetlands and Bijnor Barrage4
2021-07-17 17:08Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve1
2021-06-30 18:27Vattamkulam [82.6.1]2
2021-07-21 07:00Kole Wetlands--Enamavu2
2021-07-10 18:01Badhavna (OBI)10
2021-07-16 15:32Teda11
2021-07-24 07:00Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary10
2021-07-21 14:40Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly12
2021-07-04 06:30Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad3
2021-07-16 17:04Gorewada Lake, Nagpur6
2021-06-27 07:30Pench National Park--Chorbahuli Gate2
2021-06-28 15:30Panna National Park3
2021-07-21 10:55PTR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 1
2021-07-25 06:54Avaniyapuram Reservoir / Iyethanendal Lake2
2021-07-10 05:30Gangaghat -- Katarilodhwakhera3
2021-07-17 06:15ARK Nagar Area2
2021-07-22 07:58Zilmili Lake14
2021-07-02 17:32Hanuman Ji Mandir (Ramghat Kolwa)2
2021-07-13 10:03Banjar River, Chaukitola2
2021-07-10 14:15Vaduvur Bird Sanctuary3
2021-07-01 18:33Panaiyadikuppam Lake (பனையடிகுப்பம் ஏரி)22
2021-07-21 10:38Katterikuppam Lake (காட்டேரிகுப்பம் ஏரி)1
2021-07-21 13:05V. Pudupakkam Lake (புதுப்பாக்கம் ஏரி)1
2021-07-06 07:35Nallathur Lake (நல்லாத்தூர் ஏரி)2
2021-07-21 11:55Ottai Lake (ஒட்டை ஏரி)5
2021-07-13 17:37Osudu Lake3
2021-07-13 16:52Osudu / Ousteri Lake3
2021-07-24 08:22Korkadu Lake (கோர்க்காடு ஏரி)4
2021-07-20 15:30Butterfly Park - Mulapadu3
2021-06-27 16:00Nochimedu Lake (நொச்சிமெடு எரி)2
2021-07-18 07:47Thandurai lake2
2021-07-24 07:30Chembarambakkam Lake4
2021-07-21 09:25Kumizhi Lake, Nallambakkam6
2021-07-25 07:15Korattur Lake9
2021-07-24 11:51Madippakkam Lake3
2021-07-19 16:46Annakkili Amma Research Institute--(Restricted access)2
2021-07-24 08:09Madurapakkam Reserve Forest (மதுரபாக்கம் காப்பு காடு)7
2021-07-25 06:54Thaiyur Lake4
2021-07-18 09:51Sholinganallur/Perumbakkam Marsh (Western end)3
2021-07-17 07:00Siruseri Lake2
2021-07-10 13:42Pallikaranai Marsh (பள்ளிக்கரணை சதுப்பு நிலம்)2
2021-07-17 07:45Sholinganallur/Perumbakkam Marshlands6
2021-06-27 10:00Kondakarla Ava10
2021-07-25 17:00Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary10
2021-07-18 10:00Chitwan National Park - Headquarters17
2021-07-17 07:45jodugullapalem beach1
2021-07-14 16:34Chitwan National Park - Tikauli Jungle2
2021-07-26 07:34Chitwan National Park - Sauraha6
2021-07-10 12:01Chitwan National Park - Sauraha Rapti River Dike2
2021-07-23 05:31Kosi Bird Observatory10
2021-07-16 08:55Andal Old Aerofield PAB2
2021-06-27 16:00Bandhi PM
2021-06-27 09:44Deul Forest2
2021-07-10 16:45Mehedipur bypass5
2021-07-25 07:09Rajshahi University Campus (Rajshahi)2
2021-07-08 15:45Manas NP--Sewali to Teklai camp6
2021-07-03 07:40Dora Beel (Wetland)5
2021-07-26 08:56Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati2
2021-07-22 06:24Grassland near hospital, IIT Guwahati4
2021-07-21 11:15Hospital Tezpur5
2021-07-21 16:25Assam University Wetland and Residential9
2021-07-17 08:26Huai Tueng Thao Lake3
2021-07-17 06:40Chiang Mai University--Mae Hia Agricultural College1
2021-07-25 17:03Ban Den paddies5
2021-07-26 16:35Cho Lae paddies5
2021-06-27 08:01Mae Ngad Somboon Chon Dam6
2021-07-24 08:00Mae Jo University15
2021-06-30 08:26Nong Khlong Mae20
2021-07-19 08:23Ra Kon paddies18
2021-07-25 07:30Wat Pa Yang Tok vicinity10
2021-07-24 09:01Nong Cham22
2021-07-23 09:29Mae Salit granite quarry ponds complex4
2021-07-14 08:49Nong Kra-hoh marshes1
2021-07-16 09:05Pha Mamuang Village8
2021-07-04 15:57Nong Luang Royal Project1
2021-07-24 16:26Khlong Da Baek Reservoir3
2021-07-24 17:11Chalad Rakhang Reservoir4
2021-07-08 12:40Pong Daeng--Quarry forest6
2021-07-06 15:09Isaan Water Reservoir and Forest2
2021-07-09 07:54Bor Rae Pond1
2021-07-08 15:59Kaeng Krachan NP (general area)2
2021-07-01 12:32Huai Mai Teng Reservoir (general area)2
2021-07-02 07:24Huai Mai Teng Reservoir--Ang Hin scrublands1
2021-07-04 06:39Nong Nam Khao Non-hunting Area15
2021-07-26 06:34Khlong Tamo – Wang Dan paddies and sand quarry2
2021-07-20 13:14Pu Plu scrublands2
2021-07-04 16:07Khlong Nong Luang1
2021-07-04 17:01Wat Phrik paddies2
2021-07-04 16:29Thung Nong Yai Khwan1
2021-07-15 07:14Bo Kradan paddies8
2021-07-18 06:47Wang Phikun--Bueng Ee Thao5
2021-07-26 10:20Bang Khaem aquaculture ponds4
2021-07-17 08:30Pak Thale Nature Reserve (general area)2
2021-07-26 09:16Wat Khomnaram (Khomnaram Temple)1
2021-07-12 16:02Khrua Manao Restaurant1
2021-07-05 09:40King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi [Bang Khun Thian Campus]1
2021-07-02 17:16Wat Thian Thawai (Thian Thawai Temple)4
2021-06-28 12:52National Science Museum & vicinity1
2021-07-13 15:45Pathum Thani Rice Research Center1
2021-07-15 08:43Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds1
2021-07-06 14:30Pa Phayom Pittayakharn School2
2021-07-06 08:20Thale Noi Non-hunting Area (general area)2
2021-07-06 09:30Thale Noi Non-hunting Area--Ekachai Bridge (Chaloem Phra Kiat 80 Pansa Bridge)5
2021-07-23 17:31Hat Yai WTP
2021-07-07 17:10Prince of Songkla University [Hat Yai Campus]2
2021-07-03 15:33Yang Daeng8
2021-07-18 07:20Sangkat Preaek Ta Sek15
2021-07-22 10:18Wat ounalom1
2021-07-11 08:51黄玉村 (Huangyu Village)2
2021-07-04 07:27黄玉村 (Huangyu Village)50
2021-07-15 18:33五缘湾湿地公园 (Wuyuan Bay Wetland Park)40
2021-07-18 15:11金門--烈嶼清遠湖(Kinmen--Lieyu Qingyuan Lake)1
2021-07-22 07:50金門--茅山塔(Kinmen--Maoshan Pagoda)2
2021-07-18 10:07金門--金城稚暉公園 (Kinmen--Jincheng Zhihui Park)1
2021-06-28 07:21金門--慈湖南山林道(Kinmen--Lake Ci Nanshan Path)4
2021-07-22 15:49金門--慈湖三角堡(Kinmen--Lake Ci Triangle Fort)10
2021-07-17 06:49金門--慈湖慈堤(Kinmen--Ci Causeway)4
2021-06-29 14:40金門--湖下海堤(Kinmen--Huxia Breakwater)1
2021-07-17 06:36金門--金寧北山海堤 (Kinmen--Jinning Beishan Breakwater)5
2021-07-25 07:17金門--慈湖雙鯉自然中心(Kinmen--Lake Ci Shuangli Wetlands Nature Center)3
2021-07-23 12:46金門--慈湖魚塭賞鳥區(Kinmen--Lake Ci Fishponds Birding Area)1
2021-07-22 15:52金門--古崗湖(Kinmen--Lake Gugang)3
2021-07-06 07:10金門--金門國家公園管理處/中山林遊客中心(Kinmen--Kinmen NP Headquarters/Zhongshanlin Visitor Center)3
2021-07-22 17:48金門--瓊林水庫(Kinmen--Qionglin Reservoir)3
2021-07-24 08:43金門--金沙浦邊海岸(Kinmen--Jinsha Pubian Seashore)1
2021-07-22 11:43金門--蘭湖水庫(Kinmen--Lanhu Reservoir)22
2021-07-08 10:15金門--全區(Kinmen)1
2021-07-05 08:51金門--金沙馬山(Kinmen--Jinsha Mashan)1
2021-07-08 09:20金門--金沙后水頭農地(Kinmen--Jinsha Houshuitou Farmland)11
2021-07-22 12:23金門--太湖(Kinmen--Tai Lake)1
2021-07-05 09:31金門--金沙獅山海灘(Kinmen--Jinsha Shishan Beach)2
2021-07-08 15:38金門--料羅港區(Kinmen--Liaoluo Port)1
2021-07-21 07:22金門--青年農莊/后壟(Kinmen--Youth Farm/Houlong)25
2021-07-25 08:54金門--農業試驗所(Kinmen--Agricultural Research Institute)1
2021-07-01 15:35金門--田浦水庫(Kinmen--Tianpu Reservoir)5
2021-07-08 15:54金門--金湖東村47高地 (Kinmen--Jinhu DongCun Upland #47)4
2021-07-22 13:38金門--金湖水庫(Kimmen--Jinhu Reservoir)1
2021-07-18 07:30Nusa Dua WTP2
2021-06-27 09:49Brgy. Laguit Padilla, Bugallon3
2021-07-21 17:52San Francisco Farms, Bugallon19
2021-07-16 17:32Cabayaoasan Ponds, Bugallon71
2021-07-25 07:36NLEX--Total Gas Station1
2021-07-18 07:00La Mesa Eco Park, Quezon City1
2021-07-14 08:05UP Diliman--MSI3
2021-07-10 16:41Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club, Quezon City4
2021-07-16 06:30Vista Real Classica, Quezon City3
2021-07-13 17:50San Pedro lakeside, Brgy. San Roque1
2021-07-17 05:50San Isidro River, Brgy. San Roque, San Pedro3
2021-07-16 06:30Rain Garden Evozone, brgy. Don Jose, Santa Rosa5
2021-07-18 06:56Valley Golf and Country Club, Antipolo1
2021-07-20 11:15IRRI Staff Housing, Los Baños2
2021-07-15 07:00Liptong Creek, Valencia2