Southern African Birds

 

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  White-fronted Bee-eater

 

Merops bullockoides

(443) 23 cm; 35 g

SEXES  Alike. Only bee-eater in region with red/white throat combination and square-ended tail.

JUV  Red and blue colours paler, and crown green.

STATUS Locally common resident, with some local movements in non-br season. Gregarious, almost always in small groups or

large flocks.

HABITAT  Usually associated with river banks along watercourses in dry wood-land.

FOOD  Exclusively flying insects, especially honeybees; also beetles, flies, dragonflies, moths and butterflies.

CALL  Nasal gaaaa or gaaauuu.

BR  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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Bwf001

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bwf002

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bwf003

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bwf004

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bwf005

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bwf006

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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