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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

Merops hirundineus


The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It is partially migratory, moving in response to rainfall patterns. This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. Its colours and readily visible forked tail make this species unmistakable. It is mainly green with a yellow throat, blue gorget and black eye stripe and beak. It can reach a length of 20–22 cm, including the long forked green or blue feathers.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

love the second shot!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

WOW like all your spotting´s and photos :)

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