Southern Carmine Bee-eater
(441) 25 cm
(35 cm incl streamers); 62 g
Alike, if streamer projection up to 120 mm, F 105 mm. Largest
African bee-eater; striking pinkish-red plumage distinctive.
Like ad but duller and with shorter tail streamers.
Locally common br intra-African migrant, arrives Aug/Sept, departs
Mar/Apr. A few birds remain in north of region during winter. Highly
Open woodland and savanna.
Wide range of flying insects.
Loud gro-gro-gro... or rik-rikrik..., notes and variations
Monogamous and breeds in large colonies. Nest tunnels excavated
into high river banks.
Carmine Bee eater.
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