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Black-headed Bee-eater - BirdForum Opus

Merops breweri


28 cm (11 in); tail 6 cm (2¼ in)

  • Black head
  • Green wings and back
  • Green and cinnamon upperparts
  • Dark cinnamon underparts
  • Long central tail feathers


Western Africa: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open secondary growth, plantations, forest edges and clearings.


Hunts from an open perch - feeding and roosting communally.


This species specialises in "stinging" insects. The sting is removed by banging the insect against a hard surface. They also eat chafers and beetles, particularly dung beetles.


These birds nest colonially in tunnels in sandy banks; the eggs are white.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)
  4. Avianweb

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