French: Guêpier de Révoil German: Somalispint Spanish: Abejaruco somalí
Somalia, SW & SE Ethiopia and N & E Kenya.
16–18 cm; 12–15 g. The smallest bee-eater after M. pusillus; looks somewhat leggy, often adopting attenuated, heat-shedding stance with body high above... read more
Rather silent. Call is a loud, clear, descending twittering “twee-twee-twee-tee”.
Open Acacia-Commiphora thorn-scrub, arid steppe, grassland with scattered bushes... read more
Food and feeding
Small airborne insects, captured in short sallies from bush.
Breeds in Mar–Jun in Somalia and Kenya, and fledglings once seen in Oct. Poorly known solitary nester. Excavates burrow usually in... read more
Resident, but may move locally.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very common in NW Somalia; widespread and quite common in SE Ethiopia, and in E Kenya locally common up to 1000 m and W to L Turkana. In SE Kenya,... read more
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