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Little bee-eater

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Little bee-eaters (Merops pusillus) inhabit lake shores, riverbanks, farmland, grassy clearings in forests, vegetated sand dunes as well as bushy, open country and dry and moist savannah regions. They are usually found in pairs or small family groups, perched on grass, twig or at times sitting upright in a tree with the tail wagging up and down. At night they roost in thickets over or near to water, around 10 birds snuggled together at a time on a branch.

Distribution: Northern Namibian regions such Epupa Falls, Oshakati /Ondangwa and rivers from Rundu extending east to the Caprivi to Victoria Falls extending south the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Mostly flying insects, bees, digger wasps, spider-hunting wasps and flies. They also eat crickets, bugs, butterflies, termites and cockroaches.

Description: Pusillus is the Latin word for very small. They are often confused with the swallow-tailed bee-eater which has blue (not black) gorget (throat and neck markings) and a blue lower belly and undertail.

Breeding: Females lay between 2 and 6 eggs in a nest excavated in a burrow in high sandy banks usually along riverbanks, but also in gently sloping ground, ploughed furrows and ditches.

Size: 17cm. Weight: 15g.

Namibia Explorer

10 Days - An excellent first time visitors tour. Includes: Africat, Etosha Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Delta & Falls Safari

9 Days - Starting in Windhoek this is primarily a Botswana trip - visiting the Okavango Delta and ending in Vic Falls

Namibia Family Adventure Safari

10 days - Aimed specifically at families, this safari visits all the major sites on the country and includes a series of activities & adventures that will appeal to both children & adults

Southern Swing

7 Days - The granddaddy of Namibian safaris - visits Fish River, Luderitz & Sossusvlei. Combine with the Northern Adventure for the 14 day Namibian Experience Safari

Northern Adventure

7 Days - The best the north has to offer: Etosha, Africat (for leopard & cheetah), Damaraland, Himba Villages, rock art and Sossusvlei

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