This blue-throated bee-eater has been a recent visitor in our area, along with a family! It is apparently the season for these bee-eaters to come to Singapore. At first, these birds kept their distance, but we think they decided to stay in our area. The bee-eaters in our area usually hang around the same branches, diving and swooping to catch insects before returning to the branch. We even have one juvenile, a bee-eater which is greener and fluffier than its older parent/guardian :3 So cute!
Description: The Blue-Throated Bee-Eater (Merops viridis) is a sleek-bodied brightly coloured bird. It is commonly found in low lying forests, mangroves and open areas such as fields. It has a brown head and upper back and a black eye stripe. Its throat is bright blue but fades into a bright green towards its chest area. It has green wings and blue tail feathers, while on its lower back there is a streak of white.
Status: Common migrant breeder
Fun fact: The blue-throated bee-eater is usually found in Singapore when its “cousin”, the blue-tailed bee-eater, isn’t. However, there is a slight overlap.