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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

Merops hirundineus

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Beautiful mid-sized bee-eater with a deeply-forked blue tail. Immature has duller coloration but still has distinctive tail shape. Found in a wide variety of habitats, from semi-desert scrub to savannah to forest edge. Perches in the open and swoops out to catch insects on the wing. Call is a quiet “chirrup,” sometimes given in chorus by a pair or small group.

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