The White-Fronted Bee-Eater (Merops bullockoides) is an East African bird found in the highlands of southwest Kenya, northern Tanzania, Gabon, Botswana, and Natal.
The White-Fronted Bee-Eater has a white forehead, black eye mask, and a bright red lower throat. It has a brown chest, purple-blue rump, green wings and back, and a square green tail.
The White-Fronted Bee-Eater can grow to 23 centimetres (9 inches) tall. It eats insects, especially bees.
The White-Fronted Bee-Eater likes forests and hillsides near water. It lives in colonies of 10-20 individuals, but sometimes up t o 150.
For its nest, it will dig a hole in a cliffside.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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