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B?hm's Bee-eater | Merops boehmi

The B?hm's Bee-eater is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Meropidae bird family group which includes birds such as Bee eaters.

The description for the B?hm's Bee-eater (Latin name Merops boehmi) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Merops boehmi can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 442 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 190. You will find a picture of the B?hm's Bee-eater on page 192.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the B?hm's Bee-eater between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The B?hm's Bee-eater has a height of 17 cms and weighs around 20 gms. The head is coloured chestnut while the bill is coloured black. The Merops boehmi has a brown coloured throat, brown legs and a chestnut coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Merops boehmi has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is chestnut

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are brown

Throat is brown

Back is chestnut

Feeding Habits ...

The Merops boehmi attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The B?hm's Bee-eater is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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