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Blue-breasted Bee-eater

Merops variegatus Vieillot, LJP 1817

The blue-breasted bee-eater is a central African species of bird. It is a member of the family Meropidae. Meropids are all visually similar and have a diet specialized in Hymenopterans. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Coraciiformes
Family:
  Meropidae
Genus:
   Merops
Scientific:
  Merops variegatus


Original description

Citation:
  Vieillot, LJP 1817

Reference:
   Nouv. Dict. Hist. Nat. nouv. éd. 14 p.25

Protonym:
  Merops variegatus

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/18058987


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  A90C512F3709AF94

Avibase ID:
  avibase-A90C512F

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/A90C512F


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 554648

Geographic range:

  • Merops variegatus variegatus: Gabon, Rio Muni and southwestern Cameroon to Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola
  • Merops variegatus bangweoloensis: eastern Angola to southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and extreme western Tanzania
  • Merops variegatus loringi: SE Nigeria and Cameroon to Uganda and Kenya
English:
Blue-breasted Bee-eater
Catalan:
Abellerol de pit blau
Czech:
vlha modroprsá
Danish:
Blåkravet Biæder
German:
Blaubrustspint
Spanish:
Abejaruco variegado
Finnish:
savannimehiläissyöjä
French:
Guêpier à collier bleu
Croatian:
plavoprsa pčelarica
Hungarian:
kékmellű gyurgyalag
Italian:
Gruccione pettoblu
Japanese (romaji):
rurimunehachikui
Japanese:
ルリムネハチクイ
Lithuanian:
Mėlynkrūtis bitininkas
Dutch:
Blauwborstbijeneter
Norwegian:
Blåbrystbieter
Polish:
żołna niebieskopierśna
Portuguese:
Abelharuco-de-peito-azul
Russian:
Синегрудая щурка
Slovak:
včelárik modroprsý
Serbian:
Plavogruda pčelarica
Swedish:
blåkragad biätare
Ukrainian:
Бджолоїдка синьовола
Chinese:
蓝胸蜂虎
Chinese (Traditional):
藍胸蜂虎


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Guêpier à collier bleu ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Blue-breasted) ( Merops variegatus [variegatus Group]) [version 2]
eBird version 2021:
Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Blue-breasted) ( Merops variegatus [variegatus Group]) [version 2]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 11.2:
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.1:
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds:
Melittophagus variegatus [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (original):
Melittophagus variegatus [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (2nd edition):
Melittophagus variegatus [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
Blue-breasted Bee-eater ( Merops variegatus) [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Merops [variegatus, lafresnayii or oreobates] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms

See also the taxonomic synonyms table.


Bengali: নীরফুক ঳ুিআমচাযা
Bengali (transliteration): nīlabuka su'icōrā*
Catalan: Abellerol de pit blau
Czech: vlha modroprsá
Danish: Blåkravet Biæder
German: Blaubrustspint, Blaubrustspint [variegatus-Gruppe]
English: Blue-breasted Bee Eater, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Blue-breasted)
English, HBW: Blue-breasted Bee-eater
English (IOC): Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Blue-breasted)
English (Kenya): Blue-breasted Bee-eater
English (United States): Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Blue-breasted)
Esperanto: Blubrusta abelmanĝulo
Spanish: Abejaruco de Pecho Azul, Abejaruco variegado, Abejaruco Variegado (grupo variegatus)
Spanish (Spain): Abejaruco Variegado, Abejaruco variegado (grupo variegatus)
Estonian: soo-mesilasenäpp
Finnish: Savannimehiläissyöjä
French: Guêpier à collier bleu
Croatian: plavoprsa pčelarica
Hungarian: kékmellű gyurgyalag
Italian: Gruccione pettazzurro, Gruccione pettoblu
Japanese (romaji): rurimunehachikui
Japanese: ルリムネハチクイ, ルリムネハチクイ(variegatus グループ)
Scientific: Melittophagus variegatus, Merops variegatus, Merops variegatus [variegatus Group], Merops variegatus variegatus
Lithuanian: Mėlynkrūtis bitininkas
Dutch: Blauwborstbijeneter
Norwegian: Blåbrystbieter, blåbrystbieter (variegatus gr.)
Polish: zolna niebieskopiersna, żołna niebieskopierśna, żołna niebieskopierśna [gr. variegatus]
Portuguese: Abelharuco-de-peito-azul
Portuguese (Portugal): abelharuco-de-peito-azul [grupo variegatus]
Russian: Синегрудая щурка, Синегрудая щурка [группа variegatus]
Slovak: včelárik modroprsý, včelárik modroprsý (skup.)
Slovenian: močvirski čebelar
Serbian: Plavogruda pčelarica
Swedish: Blåkragad biätare, blåkragad biätare [gruppen variegatus]
Swahili: Kerem Kidari-buluu
Turkish: Mavi Göğüslü Arıkuşu, Mavi göğüslü arıkuşu [variegatus grubu]
Tatar: күк түшле корташар
Ukrainian: Бджолоїдка синьовола
Chinese: 蓝胸蜂虎
Chinese (Traditional): 藍胸蜂虎

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