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Little bee-eater (Merops pusillus), Saadani national park, Tanzania

Little bee-eater (Merops pusillus), Saadani national park, Tanzania

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Uploaded 23 Jun 2016 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2016 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
This is an abundant and tame bird, familiar throughout its range of Sub-Sahara Africa. There have been estimated to be between 60-80 million little bee-eaters. It breeds in open country with bushes, preferably near water. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.
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