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  Southern Carmine Bee-eater

      (Carmine Bee-eater)

 

Merops nubicoides

(441) 25 cm (35 cm incl streamers); 62 g

SEXES  Alike, if streamer projection up to 120 mm, F 105 mm. Largest African bee-eater; striking pinkish-red plumage distinctive.

JUV  Like ad but duller and with shorter tail streamers.

STATUS  Locally common br intra-African migrant, arrives Aug/Sept, departs Mar/Apr. A few birds remain in north of region during winter. Highly gregarious.

HABITAT  Open woodland and savanna.

FOOD  Wide range of flying insects.

CALL  Loud gro-gro-gro... or rik-rik­rik..., notes and variations thereof.

BR  Monogamous and breeds in large colonies. Nest tunnels excavated into high river banks.

ALT NAME  Carmine Bee eater.

 

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Xini Lagoons

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Khwai

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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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 400mm f/2.8L 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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