Blue-tailed Bee-Eater (Merops philippinus) breeds patchily across South and Southeast Asia but most South Asian birds migrate to South India and Sri Lanka during winter.
Just like European Bee-Eater, Blue-tailed Bee-Eater migrates during the day and can be detected by its distinctive flight calls even if not visible. So listen out wherever you are in India next Autumn!
This animated migration map was created from observations uploaded to the citizen science platform eBird up until 2020. Where present, the inset graph depicts the seasonal likelihood of finding this species (i.e. the proportion of eBird checklists) within its range in India alone. We are grateful to the many birdwatchers around the world who have enabled the creation of this animation by sharing their observations on eBird.