White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis
White-throated Bee-eater, Kalakpa, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Kalakpa , Ghana
May 2011

The White-throated Bee-eater breeds during the rainy season in the Sahel and across to Yemen in arid areas with scrub and / or sparse trees. In the non-breeding season it moves south to forest clearings and savanna woodland in West Africa and the Congo Basin.

It is the only bee-eater with a black crown. It also has a black mask, white face and long tail streamers (shorter in the female and missing in the juvenile.

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