Balcony Birding: Green Bee-Eater




I used to see people posting photos of this green cutie on & off and wondered when I would get to see them & photograph them.

Earlier this year I had spotted plenty of them on the highway but I was not carrying my camera.

One day I saw a bird perched on a wire far away in the dim evening lights. I thought it was a different bird and I clicked it. On the laptop I zoomed it only to realize it was the Bee-Eater. That photo is not at all of good quality but remains as a record of sightings for the day.

Green bee-eater | Juvenile | Merops Orientalis

This week the weather has been good with heavy downpours and lightning. Mondays are a bit relaxed for me so I did birding for a good time that day; keeping the camera handy and also doing some household work in between.

Finally clicked one in flight. I love the rufous tinge in its under-wings (Aug 2020)

I heard an unfamiliar chirp and looked up to see a flying bird and yes it was different. By the time I had my camera in hand it vanished. I turned to keep the camera back and the other one appeared from nowhere and I missed capturing it in flight.

In flight

I was disappointed but it was short lived. I saw it perch on a wire that’s a bit closer and when I zoomed on it …….. I was thanking God with joy. So here was the elusive Green Bee Eater.

The elongated tail feathers are absent in juveniles

It was a pair of juveniles, as the distinct elongated tail feathers were missing. They stood out against the blue of the rain washed sky.

hope it becomes a regular visitor rather than ‘once in a blue moon’ kind

Some facts about the Green Bee-Eater
– There are 27 species bee-eaters around the world
– There are 8 subspecies of green bee-eater that can be found in Africa & Asia.
– Each bird lives in an extended family with members of four overlapping generations. They appear to recognize parents, siblings, offspring, friends, and nesting neighbors, likely from voice recognition.
– They know how to “disarm” dangerous prey and are natural-born killer of bees. Even juvenile birds know how to perform this procedure without training.
– They bathe in the sand to remove parasites and excess oil from the plumage
– They are monogamous (they mate for a lifetime)
– Unlike any other species of bird, green bee-eater is able to predict behavior of humans and predators.
– Many bee-eater names reflect their colorful feathers.

Blue-Tailed Bee Eater (captured from the Kettuvallam in Kerala)
Perched very high up on a tree …..somewhere in Delhi


Do watch out for the next post on another species from my #BalconyBirding list

Posts shared so far on:

1. Rosy Starlings
2. Alexandrine Parakeet
3. Rose-Ringed Parakeet

4. Plum Headed Parakeet
5. Indian Spot-Billed Duck
6. Yellow-Footed Green Pigeon
7. Black-Winged Stilt
8. Indian Peafowl
9. Indian Purple Sunbird
10. Green Bee-Eater



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The Soul Is Here For It’s Own Joy!
Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe

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38 responses »

  1. Love these endearing little cuties.

    Do you know they live on the ground in long tunnelled burrows.
    Fascinating isn’t it. 🙂

    Thanks for this wonderful post Monica for #WW.

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  2. If we can’t go to nature, nature comes to us. ☺ Here is the advantage of birds over other creatures. Fly in the sky and visit the balconies, bringing a lot of joy.

    Have a nice day, dear Monika!

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  3. Staying in a third floor condo in Washington State I did a lot of balcony bird watching. I noticed a hummingbird visiting my pink geranium so I got a feeder to attach to the glass railing. I was able to attract two and really enjoyed watching them come and go even though we couldn’t. – Margy

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  4. The little bird is so cute and so… wise! But the colors of the sky are amazing!
    Thank you for all the info about it.
    May I say that your balcony is… fabulous!
    Happy Today, Monika! Wishing you a beautiful week!

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  5. Wow Monika! Though it might be a zoom shot but you have captured it so well. Good to read the facts about the bee eater! You know what? In Maharashtra, they are called Veda Raghu. Veda means ‘Pagal’ or mad because it flies from one place, hover and come around to sit at the same place. Haha. Interesting, right!?

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