Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) 24 cm ( prongs < 7 cm more)
Blue-tailed Bee-eaters are delightful birds to observe, especially the sharpness of their eyes when seeking out little insects which the human eyes are unable to make out. Once an insect is in it's sight it would swoop swiftly towards it's prey with wings out stretched. It will invariably return to the same perch, start to knock it's prey cold before swallowing it. It has a graceful gliding motion, which is a delight to see.