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  Little Bee-eater

 

Merops pusillus

(444) 16 cm; 15 g

SEXES  World's smallest bee-eater. Confusion only likely with Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, but has black (not blue) gorget, buff (not green) belly and almost square orange/green tail.

JUV  Like ad but lacks gorget, and has faintly streaked breast.

STATUS  Locally common resident, nomadic in non-br season; not gregarious and usually in pairs or small family groups. Pairs remain together year-round.

HABITAT  Woodland, often near water.

FOOD  Mostly flying insects taken on the wing, especially bees and wasps.

CALL  Disyllabic s-lip..., and sip-sip sip.

BR  Monogamous and solitary. Nest tunnel excavated by both birds into low bank, or ceiling of Aardvark burrow, and not usually reused in successive years. 2-6 white eggs laid on sand in unlined nest cavity. Incubation period 18-20 days, by both sexes. Parasitised by, and primary host of, Greater Honeyguide.

 

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Linyanti

Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30

Lens: Integral

 

 

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Maun

In front of my house in Disaneng

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Maun

In front of my house in Disaneng

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Maun

In front of my house in Disaneng

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Maun

In front of my house in Disaneng

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Maun

In front of my house in Disaneng

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Maun

In front of my house in Disaneng

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Maun

Next to river in front of my house

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L+1.4x Extender

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L+1.4x Extender

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nr Black pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nr Black pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Nr Black pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Nr Black pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Nr Black pools, Moremi

With breakfast

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nr Black pools, Moremi

With breakfast

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

 

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Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Chobe

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Mahango Game Park, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Mahango Game Park, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

 

 

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Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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