Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis) - HBW 6, p. 338
French: Guêpier à gorge bleue
Spanish: Abejaruco Gorgiazul
Other common names: Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Taxonomy: Merops viridis Linnaeus, 1758, Java.
Relationships uncertain. Javan population has sometimes been considered subspecifically distinct on plumage, with race sumatranus consequently resurrected to include all other populations herein placed in nominate; however, detected differences appear to be related merely to age or wear. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- viridis Linnaeus, 1758 - SE China (including Hainan), S Thailand and Indochina (except much of Laos) S to Sumatra, Java, Borneo and N Natuna Is.
- americanus P. L. S. Müller, 1776 - Philippines.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
PhotosSee all 9 photos
bird on bare branch
Locality Mount Palay-Palay, Cavite Province, Luzon, Philippines
Irene Dy 20 October 2012 12 weeks ago 4.2
A bird perched on a branch, calling.
Locality Java (Indonesia) (ssp viridis)
Alain Compost 32 weeks ago 4
Single Bird perched on a bare tree branch.
Locality Mount Palay-Palay, Cavite Province, Luzon, Philippines (Monotypic species)
Irene Dy 1 December 2012 15 weeks ago 3.8
birds captured and release for research
Locality Maran, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia
rusli 14 April 2010 2 years ago 3.2
Blue-throated Bee-eater, adult on a wire, Subic, Luzon, Philippines
Locality Luzon, Philippines (ssp americanus)
Mark Andrews 3 March 2009 3 years ago 2.8
The Bee-eater holding a prey and ready to eat
William IP 3 February 2011 2 years ago 2.6