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.
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