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White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Distribution

  • Southern tropical Africa (Fry 2001)
  • Most bee-eater species inhabit tropical Africa and Asia
    • One species in Europe
    • One species in Australia

Habitat

Habitat (Emlen 1990, Fry 1992)

  • Wooded savannas
  • Sandy cliffs
  • Grassland and open scrub, especially in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya between 1400 and 2000 m (4593- 6562 ft) 
  • Avoid heavy forests

Colony sites (Emlen 1990, Hegner et al 1982)

  • On nearly vertical, bare cliff faces
  • Sometimes, on fault scarps in grasslands, banks of rivers, even man-made gravel pits and rock quarries
  • Change sites before breeding season
  • Colonies ususally 4-7 km (2.5-4.4 mi) from foraging areas

Distribution Map

white fronted bee eater distribution

White-fronted Bee-eater distribution.
Adapted from www.d-maps.com
according to IUCN fact sheet
Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN)

Page Citations

Emlen (1990)
Fry (1984, 2001)
Hegner et al (1982)
IUCN (2008)

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