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Merops pusillus

Merops pusillus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-01-22 14:40
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Waiting the springtime and new trips,i start a serie from my trip in Senegal of the last year,i have some species to show...

Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae
Genus: Merops
Species:M. pusillus

The little bee-eater (Merops pusillus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa. It should not be confused with the little green bee-eater, Merops orientalis. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It has green upper parts, yellow throat, black gorget, and rich brown upper breast fading to buffish ocre on the belly. The wings are green and brown, and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 15-17 cm, which makes it the smallest African bee-eater. Sexes are alike. Often silent, their call is a soft "seep."
This is an abundant and tame bird, familiar throughout its range. 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. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.
Unlike most bee-eaters, these are solitary nesters, making a tunnel in sandy banks, or sometimes in the entrance to an Aardvark den. They lay 4 to 6 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch.

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Lovely capture of this Bee Eater from your trip to Senegal last year, Luciano.
Apt angle of exposure to show the complete plumage of the bird.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-01-22 20:17]

Hello Luciano,
This is one bird I hope to encounter in the wild someday. Lovely image showing off its beautiful plumage and unique body features in fine detail. TFS.

Hi Luciano,
We're neighbours in the gallery now. :-) Nice shot, with spectacular contrast and pleasant diagonal composition, however, the bird seems a little bit blurred and the background very noisy. Probably you overcropped the image?
Kind regards, László

Nice capture of little bee eater...

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2017-01-25 11:13]

What a beauty, Luciano!
Thanks for this one. I hav'nt seen this species of Bee-eater before. Looking forward to your yield of pictures from Senegal!
Salute, Dietrich

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2017-01-26 5:53]

Hola Luciano, hermosa especie y foto de esta bella especie, saludos y espero que tenga un excelente 2017...

Beautiful Bee-eater, Luciano. Nice colour. Well captured. TFS

Ciao Luciano, uno splendore d'uccellino, bei colori brillant, magnifica nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Luciano,

L'oiseau est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Guêpier nain. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hello Luciano

Beautiful photo of this bee-eater from the African continent,
fine POV, beautiful eye-contact, excellent details of the plumage, TFS


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