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Subspecies gularis
Photo © by Kwame Brown
Sushen forest, Ghana, May 2017
Merops gularis


Subspecies australis
Photo © by Michael Hooper
Kibali, Uganda, October 2018

20cm (8 in).

  • Mainly black
  • Scarlet chin and throat
  • Blue forehead and supercilium, sometimes a blue line under the eye
  • Streaky breast
  • Blue belly, undertail-coverts and rump
  • Rufous primaries


Western Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Uganda



There are 2 subspecies

  • M. g. gularis:
  • M. g. australis:


Forest edges, clearings and stream edges in rainforest, secondary forest, wooded farmland, and gallery forest and plantations.



The forage high in tree canopy for winged insects such as bees, wasps, ants, butterflies and dragonflies.


They excavate a burrow in which to lay their eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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