French: Guêpier de Perse German: Blauwangenspint Spanish: Abejaruco persa
shores of the Caspian Sea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. chrysocercus
Cabanis & Heine, 1860 – borders of W Sahara from Morocco to Algeria, perhaps E to Tunisia and W Libya, and from Senegal patchily to L Chad; winters in sub-Saharan W Africa S of 15° N.
M. p. persicus
Pallas, 1773 – Egypt (Nile Delta), N Israel (irregular), W Jordan and SE Turkey, S to Persian Gulf, and E to N shores of Caspian and Aral Seas, S shores of L Balkhash, N Afghanistan (Hindu Kush) and N & W India (Delhi and Gujarat); winters mainly in E tropical Africa.
31 cm (with streamers, up to 7 cm more); 38–56 g. A large, slim bee-eater with long wings. Male of nominate race has upperparts grass-green in fresh plumage, wings... read more
Very similar to that of M. apiaster, but separable with experience: a pleasant rolling... read more
In summer, occupies desert, semi-desert, steppe, dunes, saline pans, cultivation, thorn woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Eats mainly hymenopterans on Asian breeding grounds and mainly dragonflies in Africa; many dragonflies also taken in Asia, on average... read more
Eggs laid generally in Mar–Jun, but in any one region all birds lay within three weeks of each other, and record of Oct in Mauritania... read more
A long-distance migrant, moving in small and large flocks, mainly by day, passing on broad front... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rather common and widespread, and not known to be unduly threatened on breeding or non-breeding grounds. However, NW... read more
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