Purplebearded beeeater

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.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

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.

DISTRIBUTION

The most restricted species in the family, occurring only on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

HABITAT

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.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Few records available, but active nests have been found in April, July, September, and December, so breeding may occur in nearly any month.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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