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Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus javanicus   - Mating sequence
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Photographer : © Viral Patel and Pankaj Maheria
Location :Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary, Banaskantha District, Gujarat, India
Date : 3 May 2015
English synonyms:Green-headed Bee-eater, Brown-breasted Bee-eater
Bird Family :Meropidae - Bee-eaters
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :We visit again the same place for any new development for Blue-tailed Bee-eater. This time we saw that they are busy in courtship and mating. Female seat at one place for longer time. Male bring the prey for female. First male kill the prey and clean it. After that he give it to female. Male repeated this process many time. We observed around 3 hours. During this time male bring prey for around 11 time. Pair did mating for two time during this time. This video saw there exchange of prey for mating. After exchange they did mating. You can watch video on following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy0g-mD4cHY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pri0QDuTbu0 - PM