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Black Bee-eater

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Subspecies gularisPhoto © by Kwame BrownSushen forest, Ghana, May 2017
Subspecies gularis
Photo © by Kwame Brown
Sushen forest, Ghana, May 2017
Merops gularis


[edit] Identification

Subspecies australisPhoto © by Michael HooperKibali, Uganda, October 2018
Subspecies australis
Photo © by Michael Hooper
Kibali, Uganda, October 2018

20cm (8 in).

  • Mainly black
  • Scarlet chin and throat
  • Blue forehead and supercilium, sometimes a blue line under the eye
  • Streaky breast
  • Blue belly, undertail-coverts and rump
  • Rufous primaries

[edit] Distribution

Western Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Uganda

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies

  • M. g. gularis:
  • M. g. australis:

[edit] Habitat

Forest edges, clearings and stream edges in rainforest, secondary forest, wooded farmland, and gallery forest and plantations.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The forage high in tree canopy for winged insects such as bees, wasps, ants, butterflies and dragonflies.

[edit] Breeding

They excavate a burrow in which to lay their eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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