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This is the smallest and most common bee-eater. Mostly green upperpart with a bright yellow throat and a black gorget which has a thin blue line on its upper edge; a very distinctive bright blue line above the eye borders a black eye-band; dull cinnamon-rufous underparts. Sexes are alike. Generally seen in pairs. First photo was taken at Tarangeri National Park, Tanzania and second at Ndutu region, Tanzania
Open grassland or along the shore of lakes and swamps. Habitually perches on low bushes or rocks, in search of insects.