Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Merops persicus

>> GENERAL >>>>>

– medium-sized near passerine, slightly smaller than Western Jackdaw, slimmer and longer-winged
– diurnal/nocturnal migrant
– migrates singly or more often in small to medium flocks
– very vocal

>> VISUAL ID >>>>>


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD
BIF3140, 18/09/2016, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– same size and structure as European Bee-Eater but with lime-green rather than sky-blue body
– yellow chin and dark orange throat patch diffusely merging to green breast (lacks the black line of European Bee-eater)


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD
BIF3271, 02/06/2018, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– almost unicoloured blue-green upperside, bluish rump patch
– AD with two generations of primaries


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD
BIF3141, 07/05/2012, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– tail streamers (longest in M) on average slightly longer and thinner than in European Bee-eater
– narrower black eye mask than European Bee-eater framed white to light blue


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD
BIF3142, 18/09/2016, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– uniform rusty red underwing with fairly indistinct, evenly narrow dark trailing edge


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, 1CY
BIF3138, 21/09/2011, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– JUV duller overall appearance with narrow pale fringes to upperwing coverts
– lacks elongated central rectrices


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, 1CY
BIF3139, 19/09/2016, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– throat patch larger and more uniform rusty orange than in AD
– whitish markings edging the black eye mask narrower and more indistinct than in AD


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD and 1CY
BIF3269, 18/09/2016, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– note the different generations of primaries in the AD (out of focus)


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, 1CY
BIF3268, 18/09/2016, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– remiges from above olive green with a rather indistinct narrow trailing edge (cf. European Bee-eater)


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD
BIF3272, 01/06/2018, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß
– AD often appear more elongated than European Bee-eater

>> AUCOUSTIC ID >>>>>

– most often to be heard a broadly modulated overslur
– the overslur is usually separated in the middle -> European Bee-eater
– the sound quality is raspier, harsher than in European Bee-eater
– also in a higher frequency-band
– even (inharmonic) partials


– overview –

– detail –

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus chrysocercus, AD, calls in flight
BIF3143, 10/05/2012, Sandafa Al Far, Egypt, Patrick Franke


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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus chrysocercus, AD, calls in flight
BIF3144, 10/05/2012, Sandafa Al Far, Egypt, Patrick Franke


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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD, calls in flight
BIF3145, 21/09/2011, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß


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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops p. persicus, AD, calls in flight
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster, AD
BIF3146, 21/09/2011, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß

>> COMPARISON SPECIES >>>>>

European Bee-eater
Green Bee-eater

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