White Fronted Bee Eater

Scientific Name:
Merops bullockoides
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the White Fronted Bee eater

The White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) is a species of bee-eater found in sub-Saharan Africa.


White-fronted Bee-eaters inhabit a variety of habitats, including woodlands, savannas, grasslands, and riverine areas. They are commonly found near water sources such as rivers, streams, and lakes, where they can find suitable nesting sites and abundant insect prey. These bee-eaters are often seen in both natural and human-modified landscapes, including agricultural areas, urban parks, and gardens.


White-fronted Bee-eaters are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 23 to 25 centimeters (9 to 10 inches) in length. They have a slender body, long, pointed wings, and a distinctive curved bill adapted for catching flying insects. Their plumage is predominantly green, with a white forehead, black mask around the eyes, and red or reddish-brown throat. Best Viewing The best places to view White-fronted Bee-eaters are in habitats with suitable nesting sites and abundant insect prey. Look for them near water bodies, where they can be seen perched on branches or wires overlooking open areas, such as grasslands or riverbanks. These bee-eaters are often observed in small flocks or family groups, flying agilely to catch flying insects in mid-air.