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Blue-headed Bee-eater
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Information
Range Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, and Republic of the Congo.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Meropidae
Genus Merops
Species Merops muelleri
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Blue-headed bee-eater (Merops muelleri), is a species of bee-eater in the Meropidae family. It is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, and Republic of the Congo.

The blue-headed bee-eater is a rainforest bird usually found singly. It perches on a high branch in the canopy beside tracks and clearings and swoops down on small butterflies, honey bees and other insects before returning to its original perch. The western populations have contracted over the years and the birds are now under threat throughout their range. This is mostly due to human impact through deforestation and cattle grazing.

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