Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) - HBW 6, p. 333

French: Guêpier à front blanc German: Weißstirnspint Spanish: Abejaruco Frentiblanco

Taxonomy: Merops Bullockoides A. Smith, 1834, Marico district, Transvaal, South Africa.
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. bulocki. Forms a superspecies with M. bulocki, with which sometimes treated as conspecific. Birds from S Tanzanian highlands sometimes separated as race randorum, but differences from other populations very slight. Species name has occasionally been listed as bulockoides, in apparent accordance with spelling of closely re.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Merops Bullockoides A. Smith, 1834, Marico district, Transvaal, South Africa.
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. bulocki. Forms a superspecies with M. bulocki, with which sometimes treated as conspecific. Birds from S Tanzanian highlands sometimes separated as race randorum, but differences from other populations very slight. Species name has occasionally been listed as bulockoides, in apparent accordance with spelling of closely related M. bulocki, upon which original name of present species was presumably based; however, these details have no significance for scientific nomenclature, and original spelling must stand. Monotypic.

Distribution: W Gabon, NE Zaire (Virunga National Park) and NW Kenya (L Turkana) S to N & E Botswana, Orange Free State and Natal.

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