Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

Merops hirunineus

This small, green bee-eater has a diagnostic blue, forked tail and blue belly. It is a common nomad in a wide range of habitats from semi-desert scrub to forest edges.

We first recorded this unqiue bee-eater, the only bee-eater in the region to have a deeply forked tail, in April 2011 while staying at a camp near Nxai Pan in Botswana. We connected again with these beautiful birds while travelling in Namibia in July 2012.


Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Hirundineus) / Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, Central Namibia / 29 July 2012 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 16 June 2014 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 15 June 2014 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Hirundineus) / Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, Central Namibia / 29 July 2012 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 15 June 2014 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Hirundineus) / Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, Central Namibia / 29 July 2012 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 16 June 2014 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Hirundineus) / Nxai Pan, Botswana / 20 April 2011
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