Merops albicollis (White-throated bee-eater) 

Witkeelbyvreter [Afrikaans]; Witkeelbijeneter [Dutch]; Guêpier à gorge blanche [French]; Weißkehlspint [German]; Abelharuco-de-garganta-branca [Portuguese]

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Merops albicollis (White-throated bee-eater)   

White-throated bee-eater, Bronx Zoo, New York, USA. [photo H.Robertson, Iziko ©]


The White-throated bee-eater is a rare vagrant in southern Africa, as it has only been recorded four times in the region, with sightings in KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape (two separate records) and the Northern Cape. It occurs in a band just below the Sahara Desert, from Mauritania to Ethiopia, extending south to Tanzania, living mainly in semi-desert.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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