Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Olive Bee-eater (Merops superciliosus) - HBW 6, p. 337

French: Guêpier de Madagascar German: Madagaskarspint 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.