Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52430

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Meropidae
Genus:Merops
Genus species:Merops nubicus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:36 cm
Identification:The carmine bee-eater has a dark blue-green forehead and crown, a black line through the eyes, and carmine plumage with a brownish tinge. The wings of the bee-eater are darker, and the tail feathers are elongated. The underparts (rump and undertail coverts) are bright carmine.
Habitat:Near rivers, marshes, open country
Diet:Carnivore: insects
Reproduction:Bee-eaters form large breeding colonies into the tens of thousands. They burrow into the sandbanks to build their nests. Breeding takes place from March to June.
These birds will gather in large flocks for roosting.
Behavior:Carmine bee-eaters are a summer migrant. They will often follow other animals to catch any insects they may disturb.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1980-11 Subjects:perching birds
Carmine bee-eater
Nubian bee-eater
Bee eaters
Coraciiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52430