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The Blue-tailed bee-eater (Merops philippinus) is a level-two protected wild animal in China. It belongs to the family of Méropidés and the order of Coraciiformes, and can reach a body length of 26 cm. It gets its Chinese name, “bee tiger”, because it is an agile and seasoned predator whose main diet includes insects such as bees. It boasts rainbow-like colorful feathers, red eyes with a distinctive black stripe, chestnut-colored throat, green wings and back, and a blue tail with two elongated central trail feathers. Its long, narrow wings allow it to fly dexterously, often gliding elegantly. Its good eyesight enables it to catch flying dragonflies, butterflies, bees, cicadas and other insects in the air.
In recent years, Haikou has kept promoting the construction of Haikou International Wetland City, which has enhanced the reputation of the city and people's well-being and happiness. The aim is to build an international wetland city where man and nature develop in harmony.
Since the construction of wetland parks such as the Wuyuan River in 2017, the ecological environment in and around the park has been improved, attracting many biological species, especially the Blue-tailed bee-eater, which can prey on the large number of dragonflies inhabiting in the wetland to feed their baby birds. To protect the breeding site, Haikou municipal government approved the establishment of the Blue-tailed bee-eater conservation area in the lower reaches of Wuyuan River, and the construction of more sandy cliffs and large sand piles suitable for the nesting of the bird. Every year, science education and popularization programs and photography contests are organized to promote the protection of Blue-tailed bee-eaters among the general public. Large flocks come to breed in the conservation area from April to August every year, and the population in the conservation area has increased to 72 from 26 when they were first found in 2018.