The little bee-eater also referred to as the Merops pusillus is one of the unique bird species sought after on Uganda birding safaris and tours on Kidepo Valley National Park.
to the family Meropidae, the little bee-eater thrives greatly in Sub
Saharan Africa. It stands as a bright-colored slender bird marked with
yellow throat, green upper parts, black gorget and brown upper breast as
viewed on birding safaris in Uganda.
wings of little bee-eater are brown and green while the beak features a
black color. They stretch from 15 – 17cm in length making it the
smallest bee-eater thriving in Africa. Both female and male are the
same. The Little bee-eater breeds in open country marked with bushes and
close to water. They consume majorly insects mainly bees, hornets and
wasps as explored on Uganda tours.
They hunt in low perches of around one (1) metre. It removes the sting
from the bees by hitting it repeatedly on the hard surface.
Little bee-eaters differ from other bee-eaters as they are solitary
nesters creating tunnel in the sandy banks or at the entry of the den of
the Aardvark. Four (4) – six (6) white eggs are laid and these are
taken care of by both female and male birds. They feature communal
roosting as at times explored on Uganda Safaris.