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Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) | by Ian Gem
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Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus)

The Little Bee-eater is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa.


This is an abundant and tame bird, familiar throughout its range. There have been estimated to be between 60-80 million Little Bee-eaters. It breeds in open country with bushes, preferably near water. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.


Photograph taken in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, Kwazulu-Natal.

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Taken on July 5, 2011