Olive Bee-eater (Merops superciliosus) - HBW 6, p. 337
French: Guêpier de Madagascar
Spanish: Abejaruco Malgache
Other common names: Madagascar/Malagasy/Brown-breasted Bee-eater
Taxonomy: Merops superciliosus Linnaeus, 1766, Madagascar.
Forms a superspecies with M. persicus and M. philippinus, and the three taxa have often been regarded as conspecific. Perhaps more closely related to M. philippinus, with which still frequently treated as conspecific, but differs significantly in some plumage characters; shows striking plumage differences from M. persicus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- superciliosus Linnaeus, 1766 - E Ethiopia, Somalia and E Kenya to NE Tanzania and S Mozambique; also Comoro Is and Madagascar; sporadically in NW Zimbabwe.
- alternans Clancey, 1971 - W Angola and NW Namibia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
side view bracing against the wind, then calling Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp superciliosus)
Martin Kennewell 26 October 2010 2 years ago 26 sec 4.3
small group perched high, calling Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp superciliosus)
Martin Kennewell 26 October 2010 2 years ago 16 sec 4.2
dorsal view perched on exposed branch Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp superciliosus)
Martin Kennewell 26 October 2010 2 years ago 33 sec 4.2
A bird landing on a dead tree, finally flying away Locality Entebbe, Uganda (ssp superciliosus)
Josep del Hoyo 26 August 2006 9 years ago 39 sec 4.1
A bird on a wire. Locality Betsiboka River, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar (ssp superciliosus)
Paul Clarke 29 September 2011 4 years ago 19 sec 3.7
Some birds at a nest site. Locality Ambositra, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar (ssp superciliosus)
Paul Clarke 20 September 2011 4 years ago 27 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 13 photos
Olive Bee-eater (Merops superciliosus)
Locality Ankarafantsika National Park, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar
Jacques Erard 1 August 2015 4 weeks ago 4.3
A perched bird
Locality Miringoni, Moheli Island, Union of the Comoros, Comoro Islands (ssp superciliosus)
Paul van Giersbergen 16 September 2015 12 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Ifaty, Toliara Province, Madagascar (ssp superciliosus)
Adam Riley 10 November 2005 1 year ago 4.3
An adult on a branch in the morning
Locality Toliara, Toliara Province, Madagascar (ssp superciliosus)
Frederic Pelsy 26 September 2012 2 years ago 4.3
Perched on a wire.
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp alternans)
Fran Trabalon 8 November 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Madagascar (olive) bee-eaters sitting on acacia branches over the lake
Locality Lake Baringo, Kenya
birdingeastafrica 29 weeks ago 4.2