Species of Thailand

Red-bearded bee-eater

Nyctyornis amictus, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1824

(In Thai: นกจาบคาเคราแดง)

The red-bearded bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) is a large species of bee-eater found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-east Asia. This species is found in openings in patches of dense forest.

Description

Like other bee-eaters, they are colourful birds with long tails, long decurved beaks and pointed wings. They are large bee-eaters, predominantly green, with a red colouration to face that extends on to the slightly hanging throat feathers to form the “beard”. Their eyes are orange

Diet

Like other bee-eaters, they predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in flight from perches concealed in foliage. They hunt alone or in pairs, rather than in flocks, and sit motionless for long periods before pursuing their prey.

Behaviour

Like other bee-eaters, they nest in burrows tunnelled into the side of sandy banks, but do not form colonies.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Coraciiformes
Family
Meropidae
Genus
Nyctyornis
Species
Nyctyornis amictus

Common names

  • Thai: นกจาบคาเคราแดง

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Photos

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Red-bearded bee-eater (female)
Red-bearded bee-eater

Range Map

Distribution map of Red-bearded bee-eater, Nyctyornis amictus in Thailand
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Yang Waterfall National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kaeng Krung National Park
  • Khao Banthat Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Thale Ban National Park
Range map of Nyctyornis amictus in Thailand