Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) - HBW 6, p. 331

French: Guêpier nain German: Zwergspint Spanish: Abejaruco Chico

Taxonomy: Merops pusillus P. L. S. Müller, 1776, Senegal.
Has been placed with other small, round-winged species lacking tail-streamers in genus Mellitophagus, comprising present species and M. muelleri, M. gularis, M. variegatus, M. oreobates, M. bulocki and M. bullockoides. Races all intergrade along narrow corridor where respective ranges meet. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pusillus P. L. S. Müller, 1776 - Senegal and Guinea E to C Sudan (to c. 29º E).
  • ocularis (Reichenow, 1900) - from C Sudan E to Red Sea coast of Eritrea, S to NE Zaire and NW Uganda.
  • cyanostictus Cabanis, 1869 - Somalia and E Kenya.

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  • pusillus P. L. S. Müller, 1776 - Senegal and Guinea E to C Sudan (to c. 29º E).
  • ocularis (Reichenow, 1900) - from C Sudan E to Red Sea coast of Eritrea, S to NE Zaire and NW Uganda.
  • cyanostictus Cabanis, 1869 - Somalia and E Kenya.
  • meridionalis (Sharpe, 1892) - E Africa (except E Kenya), and from equator S to Angola and Natal.
  • argutus Clancey, 1967 - SW Angola, N Namibia, N & E Botswana, SW Zimbabwe.