Large green bee-eater with a rufous throat patch. Found in almost any open habitat, including savannah, cultivation, scrub, and grassland. Often perches up conspicuously, singly or in small groups. Feeds on insects on the wing, and often seen in flight, sometimes in loose flocks. Incessantly gives a soft rolling “krrrio” call, especially in flight. Similar in shape and size to European and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters. Has a very different color scheme from European Bee-eater, and a subtly different one from Blue-cheeked: green underparts, bright white stripes on the cheek, and a brownish crown.