Green Bee-Eater (Merops Orientalis)

The emerald bee-eater ( Merops Orientalis ) is an exquisite bird with brilliant emerald green plumage. The wings show black trailing edges. The outer feathers on the underside of the tail are bright gray, and the medium rectrices are long and purple. The streamers can reach up to 7 cm in males. The black bill is long and curved downwards. The eyes are very intense red. The legs and feet are blackish. The female is similar to the male but has shorter streamers, a duller throat, and a narrower mid-neck. The breeding is more discreet. The half neck is missing. The line of the eyes is duller and paler. The chest is pale green and the belly is almost white.