A photographic essay of a colony of Chestnut-headed bee-eaters.
There are 26 species of Bee-eaters with 6 found in the South-East Asian area. Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters (Merops leschenaulti) are resident in Northern Peninsular Malaysia and are the iconic bird of the State of Penang in Malaysia. They are a medium-sized Bee-eater without the characteristic elongated central tail feathers. Males and females look similar although there are differences between the sexes (see below).