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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

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They nest in sandy banks, or similar flat ground. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. These birds feed and roost communally. They nest in sandy banks, or similar flat ground. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. These birds feed and roost communally.
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Merops hirundineus
Photo by MybsPhoto taken: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa (1,200 km's NW of Cape Town).
Photo by Mybs
Photo taken: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa (1,200 km's NW of Cape Town).

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Identification

20-22cm. Green, yellow throat, blue gorget and black eye stripe and beak. Sexes are alike.

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa.

Taxonomy

Four subspecies are recognised. These, with their distributions, are as follows:

  • Merops hirundineus hirundineus (Southern Africa: SA north to Angola and Zambia)
  • M. h. chrysolaimus (West Africa: Senegambia to CAR)
  • M. h. heuglini (East Africa: Uganda to Ethiopia)
  • M. h. furcatas (South-Central Africa: southern DRC and Kenya south to Angola and Mozambique)

Habitat

Savanna woodlands.

Behaviour

The diet includes bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air.

They nest in sandy banks, or similar flat ground. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. These birds feed and roost communally.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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