French: Guêpier écarlate German: Karminspint Spanish: Abejaruco carmesí norteño
Other common names:
Carmine Bee-eater (when lumped with M. nubicoides)
J. F. Gmelin
Senegal E to Eritrea, and S to N Kenya and S Somalia; in austral winter farther S in N tropics and in E Tanzania.
24–27 cm (with streamers, up to 9·5 cm); 34–59 g. Distinctive, long-winged bee-eater. Adult has crown, chin, cheeks, rump and uppertail-coverts beryl-green... read more
Most common call is a repeated throaty “rrruk” or “turrr”, given in flight and around breeding... read more
Bushy and wooded savanna, rivers, floodplains with oxbows and stands of trees, pasture and tilled... read more
Food and feeding
Eats a great variety of insects, often grasshoppers and locusts; takes numerous honeybees (Apis) and other hymenopterans; feeds... read more
Lays at start of rainy season at low latitudes, some weeks before it at highest latitudes: in Nigeria, in Apr in S of range and May–... read more
Like M. nubicoides, migrations in N tropics and E Africa ae also three-staged, but with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Overall population of this species and M. nubicoides estimated at five million birds in 1980s. Locally common along larger rivers throughout... read more
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