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 19 videos
Up in a tree Locality Kaeng Krachan National Park, Western Thailand, Thailand
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2015 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 1 min 1 sec 3
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 6 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 7 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 9 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 10 years ago 22 sec 2.3
PhotosSee all 40 photos
An adult bird perched
Locality Khao Yai National Park, North Eastern Thailand, Thailand (ssp leschenaulti)
Frederic Pelsy 14 January 2016 14 weeks ago 4
Bird perched on a wire.
Locality Koggala, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp leschenaulti)
MichaelP 22 April 2015 1 year ago 4
A bird perching on a twig
Locality Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 4 February 2015 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 6 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 7 years ago 4