French: Guêpier nain German: Zwergspint Spanish: Abejaruco chico
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. pusillus
Statius Müller, 1776 – Senegal and Guinea E to SW Sudan (to c. 29° E) and NDR Congo.
M. p. ocularis
(Reichenow, 1900) – from C Sudan E to Red Sea coast of Eritrea and W Ethiopia, S to NE DRCongo and NW Uganda.
M. p. cyanostictus
Cabanis, 1869 – C & E Ethiopia, NW & S Somalia and E Kenya.
M. p. meridionalis
(Sharpe, 1892) – E Africa (except E Kenya), and from equator S to Angola and NE South Africa.
M. p. argutus
Clancey, 1967 – SW Angola, N Namibia, N & E Botswana, SW Zimbabwe and N South Africa (North West Province).
16–17 cm; 13–19 g. The smallest bee-eater. Crown and upperparts green; broad black eyestripe; cheeks and throat yellow, bordered below by black gorget with... read more
Commonest call is a short, repeated “tsip”. In group, other birds may respond with a reedy “... read more
Grassy places, seldom far from water: in dry season frequents marshes, lakeshores, riverbanks,... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on large variety of small insects taken on wing, mainly 4·5–12 mm long, some up to 30 mm long: mostly honeybees, ... read more
Fledglings seen Feb–Jul in Sierra Leone; eggs in Jan in Mali; in Nigeria laying starts later with increasing latitude, from Mar in C... read more
Resident, and sedentary or locally dispersive and nomadic. Seasonal shifts in abundance at a given... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Throughout its vast range, common in suitable habitat by permanent water but often thinly distributed elsewhere. Density around Zaria, N Nigeria,... read more
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