Little Bee-Eater

little-bee-eater

Identification:

16 cm
Green upper parts
Yellow throat
Black gorget
Brown upper breast fading towards ochre on the belly
Wings are green and brown
Black beak
Sexes are alike

Habitat:

Open country with scattered trees and bushes.

Behaviour:

Nomadic in the non breeding season. Not gregarious and usually in pairs or small family groups.

Diet:

Their diet includes insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught on the wing.The sting is removed by hitting the insect on a hard surface.

Breeding:

A nest is made by making a tunnel in sandy banks, or sometimes in the entrance to an Aardvark den. They lay 4 to 6 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs.

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