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White-throated Bee-eater

Merops albicollis


Small (some 20cm in body length) and slender bee-eater, easily distinguished by its black stripped white head (face) and black breast band. It shows blue-green upperparts, and light green breast and belly. The adult (portrayed here) sports a long tail streamers, 10-12 cm long; they are absent in juvenile birds. Gregarious bird.


An african species of bee-eater, here seen in semi-dry savannah micro-environment of Tuti Island in Khartoum - almost urban.

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AntónioGinjaGinja 10 months ago

Awesome series Zlatan,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 10 months ago

Thank you all guys!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 10 months ago

Beautiful bird and pics! Congrats.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 months ago

An excellent spotting and much-deserved SOTD, Zlatan. Congratulations. Great photo seriess and info too. You put a lot of effort into your spottings, so please know it's appreciated :)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 10 months ago

Congratulations Zlatan! Lovely shots!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 10 months ago

Wow! Thank you all.

SukanyaDatta 10 months ago

Congratulations. What an attractive bird. Thank you.

Brian38 10 months ago

Congrats Zlatan! Great spotting and pics!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 months ago

Congratulations. Super series and a beautiful bird..

DanielePralong 10 months ago

Congratulations Zlatan, your White-throated Bee-eater is our Spotting of the Day!

I did find another wild one on the site (search function was playing up at the time), but certainly not from Sudan. It's nice to have your juveniles too.

"So elegant with its long tail streamers! This distinctive White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) is our Spotting of the Day. This species is found in sub-Sahara Africa, and breeds in dry sandy open land. Unlike other bee-eaters, it feeds mainly on ants and beetles.
Read more about this bird here: "



Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 10 months ago

Wow! Thank you Daniele - and I was just about to post another spotting of the same species - but juveniles, and seen on another spot and months earlier...

DanielePralong 10 months ago

A beee eater few of us will have a chance to see in real life! First appearance for this species on Project Noah. Thank you Zlatan!

الخرطوم, ولاية الخرطوم, Sudan

Lat: 15.62, Long: 32.51

Spotted on May 27, 2014
Submitted on Dec 7, 2017

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