Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus) - HBW 6, p. 340

French: Guêpier écarlate German: Karminspint Spanish: Abejaruco Carmesí
Other common names: Northern Carmine/Nubian Bee-eater (nubicus); Southern Carmine/Ruby Bee-eater (nubicoides)

Taxonomy: Merops nubicus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Nubia.
Races commonly raised to the rank of separate species, but identical in voice, ecology, and breeding and migratory habits, and morphological and plumage differences considered relatively insignificant. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nubicus J. F. Gmelin, 1788 - Senegal E to Eritrea, and S to N Kenya; in austral winter farther S in N tropics and in E Tanzania.
  • nubicoides Des Murs & Pucheran, 1846 - S Angola, extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip) and S Zambia, E to S Malawi and C Mozambique; spends austral winter N to Burundi and S to N Natal.