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White fronted bee-eater

Merops bullockoides


White fronted bee-eaters have white forehead and throat bands. They nest in small colonies digging holes in soft banks and cliffs. As their name suggests their main diet is comprised of bees but they will also take other types of flying insect. They are able to swoop from low braches and attack insects in flight or hover briefly over vegetation to pick off insects from the flowers and leaves.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

They are very active and fly off at the slightest noise. I've had similar experiences with our green bee eaters here :)

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thank you, I would have loved to get in a bit closer and get the wing colouration too as its a pretty green but he only perched for a second and then was off. :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Wonderful shot.

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Emnambithi/Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 16, 2011
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