Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Red-throated Bee-eater (Merops bulocki) - HBW 6, p. 332

French: Guêpier à gorge rouge German: Rotkehlspint Spanish: Abejaruco Gorgirrojo

Taxonomy: Merops Bulocki [sic] Vieillot, 1817, 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. pusillus, M. variegatus, M. oreobates and M. bullockoides. Forms a superspecies with M. bullockoides, with which sometimes treated as conspecific. A rare yellow-throated variant was first described as a separate species, M. boleslavskii. Species name sometimes emended to bullocki, but this is unjustified due to lack of internal evidence to this effect in initial des.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Merops Bulocki [sic] Vieillot, 1817, 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. pusillus, M. variegatus, M. oreobates and M. bullockoides. Forms a superspecies with M. bullockoides, with which sometimes treated as conspecific. A rare yellow-throated variant was first described as a separate species, M. boleslavskii. Species name sometimes emended to bullocki, but this is unjustified due to lack of internal evidence to this effect in initial description, so original spelling should stand. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bulocki Vieillot, 1817 - Senegal E to Central African Republic.
  • frenatus Hartlaub, 1854 - W Ethiopia, S Sudan, NE Zaire and NW Uganda.

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