Blue-moustached bee-eater

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Blue-moutached bee-eater
Merops mentalis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae
Genus: Merops
Species: M. mentalis
Binomial name
Merops mentalis
(Cabanis, 1889)

The blue-moustached bee-eater (Merops mentalis) is a species of bird in the family Meropidae. It is found in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

The blue-moustached bee-eater is a rainforest bird usually found singly. It perches on a high branch in the canopy beside tracks and clearings and swoops down on small butterflies, honeybees and other insects before returning to its original perch.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Merops mentalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.