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 17 videos
A bird perched on a branch. Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand
Yoel Jimenez 17 November 2008 4 years ago 15 sec 3
Two different adults perched in different trees. Locality Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India (ssp leschenaulti)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2009 5 years ago 33 sec 3
A front view of a perched bird looking around. Locality Kithulgala Forest Reserve, Kithulgala, Central Province, Sri Lanka (ssp leschenaulti)
Eldert Groenewoud 20 October 2008 6 years ago 33 sec 3
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 8 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 9 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 5 years ago 38 sec 0
PhotosSee all 38 photos
A bird perching on a twig
Locality Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 4 February 2015 33 weeks ago 4
Bee-eater, Andaman Chestnut headed
Locality Jirkatang, South Andaman, Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar (ssp andamanensis)
Dr.Piyush 19 November 2011 1 year ago 4
Resting on a branch.
Locality Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam (ssp leschenaulti)
Fran Trabalon 20 November 2010 2 years ago 4
Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Muthodi Range, India
Locality Karnataka, India
Subramanya_CK 5 years ago 4
Adult from back on a branch
Locality Mae Wong National Park, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp leschenaulti)
Alain Fossé 19 February 2007 6 years ago 4
in the process of landing and sit next to it's partner
Locality Penang Island, Penang, Peninsular Malaysia
Steven Struyck 17 December 2013 1 year ago 3.7