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 in a tree, preening and looking around. Locality Nameri Eco Camp, Sonitpur District, Assam, India (ssp leschenaulti)
Josep del Hoyo 12 April 2014 50 weeks ago 24 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 33 photos
Resting on a branch.
Locality Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam (ssp leschenaulti)
Fran Trabalon 20 November 2010 1 year 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
Bird perched on a wire.
Locality Koggala, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp leschenaulti)
MichaelP 22 April 2015 14 weeks ago 3.8
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
This photo took at SACON campus.
Locality Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India
Mohamed Samsoor Ali 23 December 2012 2 years ago 3.7