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Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Wilpaththu, Sri Lanka In my opinion the most beautiful bee-eater in Sri Lanka, perhaps also because it is uncommon. Our experience confirms this, we saw these only once, whilst we had hundreds of spottings of other species of bee-eaters. Asia,Chestnut-headed Bee-eater,Merops leschenaulti,Sri Lanka,Wilpaththu Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Wilpaththu, Sri Lanka

In my opinion the most beautiful bee-eater in Sri Lanka, perhaps also because it is uncommon. Our experience confirms this, we saw these only once, whilst we had hundreds of spottings of other species of bee-eaters.

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  1. Absolutely stunning! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you, also on behalf of the bird. Posted 5 years ago
  2. What a beauty, great shot. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you, also for your inspiration. Posted 5 years ago
  3. Love the composition and the colors of this bird. I agree, I think this is the most special; the orange and yellow head has beautiful colors, but also because it is more uncommon. I have always thought that we as people are more intrigued by the creatures that we get to see less often... Posted 5 years ago
    1. So true! Posted 5 years ago

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The Chestnut-headed Bee-eater a.k.a. Bay-headed Bee-eater is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent and adjoining regions, ranging from India east to Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It is predominantly green, with blue on the rump and lower belly. Its face and throat are yellow with a black eye stripe, and the crown.. more

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Dec 10, 2014. Captured Nov 5, 2014 13:43.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/400s
  • ISO800
  • 400mm