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Afrikaans name: Rooikeelbyvreter

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White-fronted Bee-eater

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White-fronted Bee-eater

White-fronted Bee-eater

Photo © Steven Herbert

Merops bullockoides

The White-fronted Bee-eater is a beautiful bird with its red throat, black band through the eye bordered with white.

Their diet consits mainly of honey bees but they do catch other insects. They wait on a low perch to fly out and catch their prey often returning to the same perch.

The White-fronted Bee-eater breeds in colonies in sand banks. Breeding pairs have helpers.

Their preferred habitat is savanna and they can often be seen near water courses.

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