The Somali Bee-eater (Merops revoilii) are small African bee-eaters – so named for their favorite prey: bees.
Distribution / Habitat
Their range stretches from Somalia east into southeastern Ethiopia, west to Saudi Arabia, and south to northern and eastern Kenya (west of Lake Turkana south to Tsavo National Park) and Tanzania.
They prefer dry country and desert areas and are usually seen alone or in pairs (during the breeding season).
Plumage Details / Adults
This bee-eater is mostly green above, except for a blue rump, reddish-brown forehead, and, blackish bar that extends across the eyes down to the sides of the neck. The plumage below is cinnamon.
Diet / Feeding
Somali-beaters feed primarily on bees but will take other small flying insects – depending on the availability of prey and season. Insects are often caught in flight with short dashes from low perches.
Breeding / Nesting
Somali Bee-eaters mostly breed between March and June. They usually nest in the sides of deep wells; they may dig holes in cliffs or banks of earth.
They usually nest in small colonies that comprise family groups, known as “clans”. Non-breeding adults or immature birds participate in raising the young of other members – something that is commonly referred to as “cooperative breeding.”
Calls / Vocalizations / Sounds
The calls are described as deep squeaks.
Alternate (Global) Names
Chinese: ????? … Czech: Vlha somálská … Danish: Somalibiæder … Dutch: Somalibijeneter, Somalische Bijeneter … Estonian: Somaali mesilasenäpp … Finnish: Somalianmehiläissyöjä … French: Guêpier de Revoil … German: Blaßspint, Somalispint … Italian: Gruccione della / di Somalia … Japanese: somariahachikui, somari-hachikui … Norwegian: Somalibieter … Polish: Zolna blada … Russian: ??????????? ????? … Slovak: v?elárik bledý … Spanish: Abejaruco Somalí … Swedish: Somalibiätare … Swahili: Kerem Somali