Somali bee-eater

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Somali bee-eater
Somali Bee-eater, Merops revoilii.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae
Genus: Merops
Species: M. revoilii
Binomial name
Merops revoilii
Oustalet, 1882

The Somali bee-eater (Merops revoilii) is a species of bird in the Meropidae family. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Tanzania.

This is a small bee-eater, about seventeen centimetres long. It prefers arid country and desert areas where it may be locally common. It feeds on small flying insects which it catches in short dashes from a low perch. It is either solitary or found in pairs. It nests in the banks of road cuttings and in the sides of deep wells. In Kenya it breeds between March and June.[2]


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