(443) 23 cm; 35 g
Alike. Only bee-eater in region with red/white throat combination
and square-ended tail.
Red and blue colours paler, and crown green.
Locally common resident, with some local movements in non-br season.
Gregarious, almost always in small groups or
Usually associated with river banks along watercourses in dry
Exclusively ﬂying insects, especially honeybees; also beetles, ﬂies,
dragonﬂies, moths and butterﬂies.
Nasal gaaaa or gaaauuu.
Monogarnous, colonial and usually a co-operative breeder. Pairs
mate for life and a new burrow is excavated each year. Tunnels are
about 1m long in vertical alluvial banks. Flocks often remain in
general vicinity of br territory year round, roosting in nest holes
at night. Parasitised by Greater Honeyguide.
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