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 Merops orientalis
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2014 Not Recognised
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type   Average mass 14.8 g

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Afghanistan Vagrant Extant        
Bahrain Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Bangladesh Native Extant Yes      
Benin Native Extant        
Bhutan Native Extant Yes      
Burkina Faso Native Extant        
Cambodia Native Extant Yes      
Cameroon Native Extant        
Central African Republic Native Extant        
Chad Native Extant        
China (mainland) Native Extant Yes      
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Ethiopia Native Extant        
Gambia Native Extant        
Greece Vagrant Extant        
India Native Extant Yes      
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Iraq Native Extant   Yes    
Israel Native Extant Yes      
Jordan Native Extant       Yes
Laos Native Extant Yes      
Libya Vagrant Extant        
Mali Native Extant        
Mauritania Native Extant        
Myanmar Native Extant Yes      
Nepal Native Extant Yes      
Niger Native Extant        
Nigeria Native Extant        
Oman Native Extant       Yes
Pakistan Native Extant Yes      
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant        
Saudi Arabia Native Extant       Yes
Senegal Native Extant        
South Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Sri Lanka Native Extant Yes      
Sudan Native Extant        
Thailand Native Extant Yes      
Uganda Native Extant        
United Arab Emirates Native Extant       Yes
Vietnam Native Extant Yes      
Yemen Native Extant       Yes


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Merops orientalis. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Not Recognised
Family Meropidae (Bee-eaters)
Species name author Latham, 1802
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change