Little Bee-Eater


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


Open country with scattered trees and bushes.


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


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.


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.