French: Guêpier de Leschenault German: Braunkopfspint Spanish: Abejaruco cabecirrufo
Other common names:
Java; error = Sri Lanka
Subspecies and Distribution
M. l. leschenaulti
Vieillot, 1817 – S India and Sri Lanka; N India and Nepal E to S China (Yunnan), Indochina and Malay Peninsula.
M. l. andamanensis
Marien, 1950 – Andaman Is and nearby Coco Is (Great Coco and Little Coco).
M. l. quinticolor
Vieillot, 1817 – S Sumatra, Java and Bali.
20–22·5 cm; 23–33 g. A distinctive, smallish bee-eater with long wings but without long tail-streamers. Nominate race has bay-brown crown and mantle, green... read more
Very vocal, with most calls rather like those of M. apiaster, albeit briefer and less... read more
Typically found in clearings and open spaces in forested country; also well-wooded open countryside... read more
Food and feeding
Not well known; eats honeybees (Apis), wasps, ants, termites, dragonflies, butterflies and grasshoppers, all taken airborne; two... read more
Eggs usually laid in Feb–Jun, but May–Oct in Java; latest nestlings in May in Malaysia. Loosely colonial, with c. 10–100... read more
In general resident, but marked migrations in some regions. In India, vacates monsoon-rainfall... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common at least locally throughout huge range. Unusually high adult survival rate, of 80% on Penang I, Malaysia. As with most or all open-country bee... read more
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