Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus) - HBW 6, p. 340
French: Guêpier écarlate
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 21 videos
Three birds resting and one of them flying away Locality Bilen Lodge, Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp nubicus)
Ron Hoff 14 December 2007 5 years ago 34 sec 4.3
A bird on a wire and flying away Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubicus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 6 years ago 40 sec 4.3
A bird on a branch, looking around for prey and flying after one Locality Arba Minch, Ethiopia (ssp nubicus)
Josep del Hoyo 16 December 2005 6 years ago 40 sec 4.2
A bird on a wire, looking around for prey Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubicus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 6 years ago 23 sec 4
A bird on a wire, mandibulating, hiting and eating an insect Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubicus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 6 years ago 16 sec 4
An individual perched and sallying for food Locality Musango Safari Camp, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (ssp nubicoides)
Greg Baker 6 September 1999 1 year ago 57 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 41 photos
Locality Mombasa, Kenya (ssp nubicus)
Kevin B Agar 13 February 2011 1 year ago 4.4
A bird perched on a branch
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp nubicus)
Piotr Jonczyk 22 November 2009 3 years ago 4.3
Bird on a branch , Okavango river , Xaro Lodge.
Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana
Cindywutsch 20 October 2010 14 weeks ago 4.1
near a water source
Locality Bilen Lodge, Awash National Park, Ethiopia
Marco Valentini 30 December 2012 17 weeks ago 4
seen perched in front of cliff side nest
Locality South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
owlbird 25 weeks ago 4
Perched on a branch
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
John A Thompson 1 year ago 4