Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) - HBW 6, p. 333

French: Guêpier à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlspint Spanish: Abejaruco Gorgiblanco
Other common names: Black-crowned Bee-eater

Taxonomy: Merops albicollis Vieillot, 1817, Senegal.
Has sometimes been placed together with M. boehmi in genus Aerops, as both species combine long outer primary with some characters of small Melittophagus group (comprising M. muelleri, M. gularis, M. pusillus, M. variegatus, M. oreobates, M. bulocki and M. bullockoides) and with some features of large Merops species. Systematically rather isolated, with no obvious close relatives; possibly closest to M. revoilii. Separation of E populations as race major on grounds of longer bill and wings considered un.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Merops albicollis Vieillot, 1817, Senegal.
Has sometimes been placed together with M. boehmi in genus Aerops, as both species combine long outer primary with some characters of small Melittophagus group (comprising M. muelleri, M. gularis, M. pusillus, M. variegatus, M. oreobates, M. bulocki and M. bullockoides) and with some features of large Merops species. Systematically rather isolated, with no obvious close relatives; possibly closest to M. revoilii. Separation of E populations as race major on grounds of longer bill and wings considered unwarranted. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds from Mauritania across to Yemen, and S to NW Kenya and, erratically, S Kenya; spends non-breeding season in W Africa and Congo Basin.