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Alternate name
Merops pusillus Scientific name 
Coraciiformes Order
Meropidae Family   
17 - 18cm Length
Dry forest, shrubland, savanna, grassland, reedbeds, often near water, in:- Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo, Democratic Rep. of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe Habitat-Altitude-Range
4 to 6 spherical white eggs, incubation 19-20 days, fledging 29 days, care by both parents. Clutch  
sts which it hawks from a perch. Food   Diet
Solitary or pairs daytime, at roost often in groups of around 15. Habits
1164 World Number

Least Concern


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Little Bee-eater by Pia's birdseye view.

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