French: Guêpier gris-rose German: Rosenspint Spanish: Abejaruco de Malimba
Malimbe, Cabinda, Angola
Nigeria S to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and Cabinda (N Angola), and W & WC DRCongo; regular migrant W to W Ghana.
22–25 cm (with streamers, up to 5 cm more), c. 45 g. A long-winged bee-eater, with unmistakable plumage coloration. Adult slate-grey above, vivid pink below; black mask... read more
Not unlike some vocalizations of M. apiaster or M. superciliosus, a hoarse... read more
Inhabits airspace above rainforest and mesic savanna woodland, foraging around trees emergent from... read more
Food and feeding
Small flying ants greatly predominate in diet (70% in Nigerian study); however, species also consumes large numbers of honeybees (Apis... read more
Lays in May–Jun on R Niger and probably in Feb–Apr on lower R Congo; on coast of Cabinda (N Angola) breeds soon after arrival... read more
Present at breeding sites on R Niger and R Benue in Nigeria in Apr–Jun or May–Jul, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. May merit reclassification as threatened species. Locally common in parts of Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon, Congo and Zaire, but absent or sporadic in other... read more
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