Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Purple-bearded Bee-eater (Meropogon forsteni) - HBW 6, p. 327

French: Guêpier des Célèbes German: Celebesspint Spanish: Abejaruco de Célebes
Other common names: Sulawesi/Celebes (Bearded) Bee-eater

Taxonomy: Meropogon forsteni Bonaparte, 1850, Sulawesi.
Bears startling resemblance to W African Merops breweri in some aspects of plumage and long, attenuated central rectrices, but bill shape and beardedness differ, and there is no good reason to suppose that the two are closely related. Monotypic.

Distribution: Locally in N, C & SE Sulawesi.