Family Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Least Concern

Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus)


Taxonomy

French: Guêpier à fraise German: Rotbartspint Spanish: Abejaruco barbirrojo
Taxonomy:

Merops amictus

Temminck

, 1824,

Bengkulu, Sumatra

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Species name often listed as amicta, but genus originally established without a specified combination, and must therefore, in accordance with ICZN Code, be treated as masculine. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Myanmar (S from Dawna Range) and SW Thailand (Petchaburi district) S through Malay Peninsula to Johore, including Penang I; also Sumatra and Bangka I, and throughout lowland Borneo.

Descriptive notes

27–31 cm; male 68–92 g, female 61–70 g. Male green above and paler green below; crown lilac of an extraordinary hue, intense and with pearly sheen; bases of... read more

Voice

A fast, descending series of 5–10 hoarse notes “KA-Ka-ka-ka-ka-ko-kow” with emphasis on initial... read more

Habitat

Middle storey and lower part of canopy of lowland evergreen mixed dipterocarp forest, at up to 1500... read more

Food and feeding

Airborne insects: wasps, hornets, bees including carpenter-bees (Xylocopa), cicadas, beetles, crickets and ants. Recorded bringing... read more

Breeding

Eggs in Aug, Jan and Feb and young in Mar–Jun; most clutches have been found in Feb. Excavates nest-hole in earth in roadside bank,... read more

Movements

Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Density of 4 birds/20 ha of primary lowland forest in Borneo and c. 2/20 ha in peninsular Malaysian forest. Absent from large swathes of its former... read more

Recommended citation

Fry, H., de Juana, E. & Boesman, P. (2018). Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55828 on 14 December 2018).