Impala Herd
Impala Herd
Lechwe Running Through Floodplain
Lechwe Running Through Floodplain
Boat Cruise
Boat Cruise
White Backed Vulture in Deception Valley
White Backed Vulture in Deception Valley

Southern Carmine Bee-Eaters

Southern Carmine Bee-Eaters

Description

The bee-eaters are arguably the most attractive family group and the Southern Carmine Bee-eater is the largest of this group, with its breath-taking striking pinkish-red plumage distinctive.

Voice

The call is a loud gro-gro-gro or rik-rik-rik.

Behaviour and habitat

It is a locally common inter-African migrant which arrives in Aug/Sept and departs March/Apr. It is highly gregarious. It prefers open woodland and savanna and its food is a range of flying insects.

It is monogamous and breeds in large colonies. The nests consist of tunnels excavated in high sandy, river banks.