Blue-throated Bee-eater

Blue-throated Bee-eater by Ck Leong

This very striking bee-eater Merops viridis is common to the rivers and open lowland country of Borneo. It performs aerobatic flights at insects from its perch, each flight ever more graceful. On the Kinabatangan River, this year’s breeding must have been particularly difficult. Lots of later than usual rainfall have damaged many of the sandy banks where the bird favours for its breeding ground. It is still a common bird, favouring the birdwatcher in many locations.


  1. horukuru says:

    Hahaha I just got this shot also my friend !

  2. Alixon says:

    saw this bird before….really really beautiful!

  3. From May to July/August I watched Blue throated Bee-eaters every day in the Buntal/Santubong area. They largely disappeared in August – are they migrants? Where do they go?

  4. CK Leong says:

    Hi George,
    In northern Borneo, most birds breed on the west coast, between Jan & August. After that they all disappear to forested interiors. I don’t know about the birds in your area but Peninsular M’sia is not that far away and they have been seen at sea. Happy birding.

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