UGANDA BIRD GUIDES
The Red-throated Bee-eater
a.k.a
Merops bulocki

Planning a birding Safari at the end your next business trip to Africa...? Get ready to enjoy the Red-throated Bee-eater.

The Red-throated Bee-eater is a sturnning green, red and turquoise bee-eater.

This bird is essentially west African but extends into Uganda along the northwestern region.

Red-throated bee-eaters are species of bird in the meropidae family and the bird was scientifically named in 1817 by Veillot.

In this section of the Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Red-throated Bee-eaters in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more fascinating.

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Where to find the Red-throated Bee-eater in Uganda

During your birding tour, you're likely to see pairs and flocks of Red-throated Bee-eaters residing in bushed and wooded grasslands near lakes and rivers.

You will find Red-throated Bee-eaters breeding in the tall sandbanks near Lake Albert, Kazinga channel, and on the Nile River below Murchison Falls.



How you will know that you've seen a Red-throated Bee-eater

The red-throated bee-eater is very colorful small bird about 23cm long.

You will identify the bird by its distinctive red neck/throat.

The bird has a sharp small black beak. The bird's forehead is green and his lower head is brown in color. The back feathers are green, the bird has brown breast bands and lower under part.The tail is a mixture of brown and green lines with brown being more dominant than green. This bird also has a blue lower under side. The legs are small and black and the bird has a white spot on the blue color available on its under side.

Both males and females are similar, although the young ones are paler.



Interesting Facts about Red-throated Bee-eaters

The Red-throated Bee-eater calls with a variety of short musical yaps, churls and thrills, which are usually higher pitched than those of white fronted bee-eaters.

The red-throated bee-eater lays 2-3 eggs and these are incubated by either sex.



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