Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

Merops oreobates

This bee-eater can be found in highland forest, forest edge and gardens from 1800 to 2300 metres above sea level. It is similar to the little bee-eater but is larger and is deeper rufous-cinnamon below and dark green above.

We first recorded this striking bee-eater in September 2011 while taking a stoll around the gardens of the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. At first I thought it was a little bee-eater but its larger size and its dull cinnamon-rufous underparts clearly distinguished it from this more common species.


Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater / Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya / 08 September 2011 Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater / Lake Nakuru, Kenya / 13 September 2011 Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater / Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya / 08 September 2011 Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater / Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya / 08 September 2011
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