May 18, 2016 – Blue-headed Bee-eater (Merops muelleri)

These bee-eaters are found in western and central Africa, including Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Kenya. They eat bees, ants, moths, beetles, and other flying insects, swooping down on them from high perches. Though they are still common in their range and the IUCN considers them a species of Least Concern, their population is likely decreasing due to habitat loss and over-grazing by cattle.

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