Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater


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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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!



3 thoughts on “Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater

  1. Hi there
    Wow; your blog rocks !!!
    As you may have seen from our blog, Diane and I are moving to Malaysia next year and we LOVE BIRDS !!!! We are unfamiliar with many birds on your side of the world and look forward to lots of great bird watching experiences. We loved Borneo; have you guys been to the rainforest? We did visit Singapore but didn’t know there were so many birds in the urban environment

    Your blog is now my bird education digest and I will actually probably spend an entire day reading your posts educating myself on all the birds !!!

    Your pictures are excellent. We hope you follow our adventures and look forward to knowing a lot more once we get there now that I follow your blog

    Cheers from California
    The Experimental Expats
    Rob and Diane


    1. Hi!
      Thank you so much for visiting our blog, and also for leaving a comment! We’re newbies at blogging as well as birding so your comment is very encouraging ๐Ÿ˜€
      We actually started this blog because we wanted to show others the “hidden treasures” in Singapore, especially since Singapore is an extremely urban and modern city. You do not know how happy it makes us to hear that we’ve successfully shared our experiences with others ๐Ÿ˜€
      We haven’t been to Borneo unfortunately, but we have been to the Galapagos Islands! The trip was also one of the things that inspired us to take up birdwatching!
      We’ve seen your blog and you’re moving to Penang, so WELCOME to this part of the world! ๐Ÿ˜€ Our mother says that Penang is the best place for food :3 so lucky you! Malaysia and Singapore are really close so you’ll probably see similar, if not the same, birds that we do, and probably even more (because Malaysia has a lot more undeveloped areas than Singapore!)
      If you ever need some information about this part of the world, feel free to ask :3 If we can’t answer, we’ll just ask our mother :)๏Š
      Hope to see you around, and all the best~

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      1. hi
        Thanks for the welcome to your hemisphere. WE just need to get through the next few months and the visa hurdles. Love the idea of highlighting Singapore’s beauty instead of just the urban sprawl. We visited the gardens and parks when we were there but did’t notice so many birds

        You are mighty lucky if you’ve been to Galapagos at your age !! Please look for part three through five of my Galapagos series starting tomorrow and over the next week

        All the best to you too


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