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Photo of male by AdamRiley
Atewa Range, Ghana, December 2011

Includes Blue-moustached Bee-eater

Merops mentalis



West Africa: Found from Mali and Sierra Leone to Cameroon


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Blue-headed Bee-eater.


Canopy of lowland rain forest.



The diet includes small butterflies, honeybees and other large insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread with among other things discussion of possible split of this species

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