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Black Bee-eater
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Information
Range Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Uganda.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Meropidae
Genus Merops
Species Merops gularis
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Black bee-eater (Merops gularis), is a species of bee-eater in the Meropidae family.

Description

The black bee-eater has black with scarlet chin and throat, streaked breast, pale blue eyebrow, belly, undertail-coverts and rump, rufous primaries.

Distribution

It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Uganda.

Subspecies

There are two subspecies:

  • Merops gularis australis - From southeast Nigeria to northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo, south to north Angola. - No superciliary stripe; forehead black, sometimes with a few blue feathers; the light azure-blue streaks on breast and even the belly are sometimes scarlet-tipped. Wing 5mm longer than the nominate subspecies.
  • Merops gularis gularis - From Sierra Leone to southeast Nigeria - With the forehead blue, and a distinct bright cobalt-blue superciliary stripe. Some southeast Nigerian and west Cameroon birds are intermediate between this and Merops gularis australis
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