Meropogon forsteni TAXONOMY
Meropogon forsteni Bonaparte, 1850, Celebes. Monotypic. OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Celebes bee-eater; French: Guêpier des Célèbes; German: Celebesspint; Spanish: Abejaruco del Célebes.
10 in (25-26 cm), excluding tail streamers up to 2.5 in (6 cm). No weights available. Upperparts and wings are green; lower belly is dark brown; tail feathers are green and russet. Forehead and crown are blackish; ear-coverts, nape, and sides of
neck are chocolate to dark vinous-brown; long, broad throat feathers are purple and overlap the breast.
The most restricted species in the family, occurring only on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Open areas of rainforest. BEHAVIOR
Sedentary or near-migrant. May travel to coasts for rainy seasons, and return inland for dry seasons.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Forages from mid- and upper-canopy perches for bees, wasps, beetles, and dragonflies.
Few records available, but active nests have been found in April, July, September, and December, so breeding may occur in nearly any month.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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