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Northern Carmine Bee-eater

Scientific name: Merops nubicus
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae

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The Southern Carmine Bee-eater usually habitates low-altitude river valleys and floodplains, preferring vertical banks suitable for tunneling when breeding, but readily digging vertical burrows in the level surface of small salt islands. This is a highly sociable species, gathering in large flocks, in or out of breeding season. They roost communally in trees or reedbeds, and disperse widely during the day.

This is migratory species, spending the breeding season, between August and November, in Zimbabwe, before moving south to South Africa for the summer months, and the migrating to equatorial Africa from March to August. Their diet is made up primarily of bees and other flying insects, and their major hunting strategy involves hawking flying insects from perch. Perches may include branches of vegetation or even the backs of large animals.

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Brent 03-Sep-2005 18:02
Probably Northern Carmine Bee-eater.