Common name: Blue- throated Bee- eater
Binomial name: Merops viridis
Description: Adults may grow to 30cm, including tail streamers. Their throats are a signature blue; and they have mostly bluish- green plumage with mahogany crowns and mantles, black eyestripes and a bluish streamer tail. Juveniles are mostly green, and lack the spectacular crown and mantle.
Call: Rolling “prrrrrp” chirp
Diet: Small insects like bees, flies, dragonflies, beetles
Habitat: A wide variety of flat plains
Native countries: South China down to Southeast Asia
IUCN Conservation Red List: Least concern
Not- so- fun facts: They practise asynchronous brooding, resulting in eggs hatching at different times. Siblicide is common among siblings to increase the larger and older chicks’s survival, which will then gain greater access to food from parents. Chicks normally die in order, from youngest and smallest.