White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) In-flight

During my trip to the Chobe River in Botswana, I photographed three different species of bee-eaters. Today, sitting at home because of the virus, I decided to do a Google search. I found interesting information on a fact sheet From the San Diego Zoo. White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) Fact Sheet. c2010-2018. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Global; [accessed 2020 05 12].

The White-fronted Bee-eater is found through tropical southern Africa and wooded savannas, sandy cliffs, African grasslands, and open scrub of Kenya. They do not migrate. And their activity is diurnal, emerging after dawn from nest burrows; perched, preening, flyers the client and group to feast; returned late afternoon to socialize, preening; they enter the tunnels for the night.

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)

The nest colonially typically and perhaps have the most complex “bird society” known. The white-faced bee-eaters’ pair for life. They nest in cliff faces. They are known cooperative breeders individuals may slip between roles as a breeding parent and a non–breeding helper many times for the lifetime.

They are preyed upon by snakes, lizards, mongoose, and Swift nest robbers.

I was lucky enough to photograph these birds doing many of their daily activity. A Nile monitor came and broke into up a burrow and the bee-eaters kept attacking the lizard.

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)

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