Olive bee-eater

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Olive bee-eater
Madagascar bee eater.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae
Genus: Merops
Species: M. superciliosus
Binomial name
Merops superciliosus
Linnaeus, 1766

The olive bee-eater, (or Madagascar bee-eater) (Merops superciliosus) is a near passerine bee-eater species in the genus Merops.

The olive bee-eater is found in the grassland and coastal mountain forests of East Africa and Madagascar, and an isolated population can be found in coastal Angola.[2] They are partially migratory, and usually breed only in the southern portion of their range, moving north for the dry season in southern Africa. It lays four eggs in a burrow nest at the beginning of the southern African wet season, and the chicks usually hatch at the beginning of December.[3] Unlike most bee-eaters, the species does not practice cooperative breeding and postfledging dependence is only around nineteen days,[4] which is typical of temperate zone passerines and about half that of most Meropidae species.



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