Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater (Merops oreobates) - HBW 6, p. 332

French: Guêpier montagnard German: Bergspint Spanish: Abejaruco Montano
Other common names: Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater

Taxonomy: Melittophagus oreobates Sharpe, 1892, Mount Elgon.
Has been placed with other small, round-winged species lacking tail-streamers in genus Mellitophagus, comprising present species and M. muelleri, M. gularis, M. pusillus, M. variegatus, M. bulocki and M. bullockoides. Sometimes regarded as forming a superspecies with M. variegatus; although some geographical overlap exists between them, they are segregated altitudinally. Race lafresnayii of M. variegatus often treated as conspecific with present species, but considered more akin to small lowland forms of that species; furth.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Melittophagus oreobates Sharpe, 1892, Mount Elgon.
Has been placed with other small, round-winged species lacking tail-streamers in genus Mellitophagus, comprising present species and M. muelleri, M. gularis, M. pusillus, M. variegatus, M. bulocki and M. bullockoides. Sometimes regarded as forming a superspecies with M. variegatus; although some geographical overlap exists between them, they are segregated altitudinally. Race lafresnayii of M. variegatus often treated as conspecific with present species, but considered more akin to small lowland forms of that species; further research required. Monotypic.

Distribution: E African highlands: Sudan-Uganda border (Lolibat and Nangeya Mts); E Zaire (Lendu Plateau, and S to around Makungu region on W side of L Tanganyika); SW Ugandan highlands S to Mahari Mt in W Tanzania; Mt Elgon on Uganda-Kenya border; and NC Kenya (Mts Kulal, Nyiru and Marsabit, Cherangani Hills, Maralal and Meru) and W & C Kenyan highlands S to N & E Tanzania (Crater Highlands, Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Pare Mts, W Usambara and E Uluguru ranges). Reported sightings from S Ethiopia probably all refer to M. variegatus lafresnayii.

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