This bee-eater is the cousin of the Blue-Throated Bee-Eater, another bird we’ve seen a lot. It arrives in Singapore just as the Blue-Throated Bee-Eater leaves. At first, when the other bee-eaters left, we were afraid that we wouldn’t be able to see this bee-eater. But we managed to spot it far, far away! It’s really colourful, almost rainbow coloured 😀
Description: The Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater (Merops philippinus) is one of the two species of bee-eaters found in Singapore. They can be found in open areas such as grasslands, gardens and parks, as well as mangroves and lowland forests. They are colourful birds with a yellow head and green wings. Their lower backs and tails are blue. They have a patch of red and beige-white under their beaks, and a mask-like strip of black over their eyes.
Status: Common winter visitor
Diet: Insects, small fish
26 November 2014
We returned at the same time the next day to find the bee-eaters had returned as well!
25 November 2014
We were on the way home when we noticed a bee-eater hanging around some of the houses in our neighbourhood! We immediately grabbed our camera. So that’s where they’ve been hiding :O
We finally managed to get some really clear pictures of these bee-eaters.
There was actually a whole bunch of them living around the area!
16 November 2014
We noticed a familiar shaped bird swooping back and forth from an extremely distant tree… only to find that it was the blue-tailed bee-eater! 😀 We were extremely excited because since the blue-throated bee-eaters left Singapore, we haven’t been seeing any bee-eaters whatsoever.
They were really far away so our pictures weren’t that clear. We really wish they could come closer to us so we can take better pictures!