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Merops boehmi (Böhm's bee-eater) 

Roeskopbyvreter [Afrikaans]; Böhm-bijeneter [Dutch]; Guêpier de Böhm [French]; Böhmspint [German]; Abelharuco de Böhm [Portuguese]

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Merops boehmi (Böhm's bee-eater)   

Böhm's bee-eater. [photo Hugh Chittenden ©]


The Böhm's bee-eater occupies two small areas of south-central Africa, one from western Tanzania to Zambia and the other in eastern Tanzania and Malawi, slightly extending northern Mozambique, which is the only southern African area it occupies. It generally prefers open woodland, but it can also be found in riparian forest and miombo (Brachystegia) woodland.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.