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Olive Bee-eater
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Information
Common Name Madagascar Bee-eater
Range East Africa and Madagascar, and an isolated population can be found in coastal Angola.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Coraciiformes
Family Meropidae
Genus Merops
Species Merops superciliosus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Olive bee-eater or Madagascar bee-eater (Merops superciliosus), is a species of bee-eater in the Meropidae family.

The olive bee-eater is found in the grassland and coastal mountain forests of East Africa and Madagascar, and an isolated population can be found in coastal Angola. They are partially migratory, and usually breed only in the southern portion of their range, moving north for the dry season in southern Africa. It lays four eggs in a burrow nest at the beginning of the southern African wet season, and the chicks usually hatch at the beginning of December. Unlike most bee-eaters, the species does not practice cooperative breeding and postfledging dependence is only around nineteen days, which is typical of temperate zone passerines and about half that of most Meropidae species.

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