Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) - HBW 6, p. 331
French: Guêpier à queue d’aronde
Spanish: Abejaruco Golondrina
Taxonomy: Merops hirundineus A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793, Oranje River, South Africa.
Has been placed in monotypic genus Dicrocercus on account of its tail shape; this appears, however, to be merely an exaggeration of the incipiently fish-tailed shape shown by M. pusillus, M. variegatus and M. oreobates, to which all other morphological and biological characters indicate present species to be closely allied. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- chrysolaimus Jardine & Selby, 1830 - Senegal E to N Central African Republic.
- heuglini (Neumann, 1906) - NE Zaire, N Uganda, S Sudan and SW Ethiopia.
- furcatus Stanley, 1814 - S Zaire, N Tanzania and SE Kenya S to C Angola and Mozambique.
- hirundineus A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793 - S Angola, SW Zambia and W Zimbabwe S to S South Africa (Cape Province).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 14 videos
A bird perched in a tree. Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp chrysolaimus)
Yoel Jimenez 1 November 2014 8 weeks ago 35 sec 4.8
Two birds in a bush. Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp heuglini)
Josep del Hoyo 29 August 2006 8 years ago 48 sec 4.4
Three birds on a branch, and then one flying away Locality Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (ssp hirundineus)
Max Roth 30 September 2000 9 years ago 25 sec 4.3
A bird flycatching from a bush, once returning with a damselfly. Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp heuglini)
Josep del Hoyo 29 August 2006 8 years ago 41 sec 4.2
perching Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp heuglini)
Daniêl Jimenez 4 October 2010 4 years ago 26 sec 4.2
An individual perched and joined by a second bird with a bug then the pair perched and preening Locality Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp hirundineus)
Greg Baker 17 September 1999 3 years ago 1 min 1 sec 4
PhotosSee all 26 photos
Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp chrysolaimus)
Paul Cools 15 February 2011 2 years ago 4.7
Seen at the Okonjima Africat Foundation.
Locality Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Glenda Rees 17 July 2009 3 years ago 4.6
Locality Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp hirundineus)
Adam Riley 2 July 2011 29 weeks ago 4.5
An adult has captured a hymenopterous insect (family Ichneumonidae).
Locality Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Gemsbok NP), Northern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp hirundineus)
Carmelo López 2 December 2010 4 years ago 4.4
Locality Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Greater Accra Region, Ghana (ssp chrysolaimus)
Arthur Grosset 24 May 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Front view of a bird perched on an exposed branch.
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp heuglini)
David Beadle 6 February 2014 27 weeks ago 4.3