Bay-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) - HBW 6, p. 339
French: Guêpier de Leschenault
Spanish: Abejaruco Cabecirrufo
Other common names: Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Taxonomy: Merops Leschenaulti Vieillot, 1817, Java; error = Sri Lanka.
Relationships unclear. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- leschenaulti Vieillot, 1817 - S India and Sri Lanka; N India and Nepal E to SC China (Yunnan) and Indochina and Malay Peninsula.
- andamanensis Marien, 1950 - Andaman Is and nearby islands of Great and Little Coco.
- quinticolor Vieillot, 1817 - Java and Bali W into S Sumatra.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 15 videos
One and then two birds perched in a leafless tree Locality Kaeng Krachan National Park, Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp leschenaulti)
Josep del Hoyo 12 November 2004 6 years ago 22 sec 2.8
Two birds on top of a tree Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand (ssp leschenaulti)
Josep del Hoyo 19 November 2004 7 years ago 22 sec 2.3
A bird calling as a second one arrives, then preening. Locality Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India (ssp leschenaulti)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2009 4 years ago 38 sec 2
PhotosSee all 26 photos
This photo took at SACON campus.
Locality Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India
Mohamed Samsoor Ali 23 December 2012 49 weeks ago 3.7
bee-eaters taking a shower
Locality Penang Island, Penang, Peninsular Malaysia
Steven Struyck 1 year ago 3.7
A bird perched
Locality Pegumbuhalla, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India
vasanthan.p.j 21 January 2012 2 years ago 3.5
On a branch
Locality Udawalawa National Park, Sri Lanka
Guy Poisson 10 January 2011 3 years ago 3.3
sitting a branch, Active in the afternoon, about 15 birds present
Locality Kaeng Krachan National Park, Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp leschenaulti)
Niels Poul Dreyer 20 January 2010 4 years ago 3.3
An adult upon a small bush
Locality Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Arosha Abeygunasekara 14 February 2011 2 years ago 3.2