Indonesia: Kirik-kirik Laut
Scientific name : Merops philippinus Linnaeus, 1766.
Forms a superspecies with M. persicus and M. superciliosus, and the three taxa have often been regarded as conspecific. Present species, however, breeds sympatrically with M. persicus in N Pakistan and India; perhaps more closely related to M. superciliosus, with which still often treated as conspecific, but shows significant plumage differences. On grounds of coloration, birds of Sulawesi have been awarded race celebensis and those of E New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago race salvadorii, with the nominate race restricted to the Philippines and all the remainder of the range being attributed to race javanicus; however, differences in hue only very slight. Monotypic.
Conservation status: Least Concern
Sources: The Internet Bird Collection