The little bee-eater (Merops pusillus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is resident in much of sub-Saharan Africa. It should not be confused with the little green bee-eater, Merops orientalis. Migration is limited to seasonal movements depending on rainfall patterns.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird. It has green upper parts, yellow throat, black gorget, and rich brown upper breast fading to buffish ocre on the belly. The wings are green and brown, and the beak is black. It reaches a length of 15–17 cm, which makes it the smallest African bee-eater. Sexes are alike. Often silent, their call is a soft "seep."

This is an abundant and tame bird, familiar throughout its range. There have been estimated to be between 60-80 million little bee-eaters. It breeds in open country with bushes, preferably near water. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. This species often hunts from low perches, maybe only a metre or less high. Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.

Unlike most bee-eaters, these are solitary nesters, making a tunnel in sandy banks, or sometimes in the entrance to an Aardvark den. They lay 4 to 6 spherical white eggs. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs. These birds roost communally, lined up on a tree branch.
Little Bee-eater
Date Location Count
2019-08-18 08:20Technopole5
2019-08-15 11:15RN de Popenguine8
2019-08-14 08:00Kotu Creek2
2019-08-11 07:50Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)3
2019-08-10 12:00Chez Tintin10
2019-08-17 07:00Kinshasa--Grand Hotel2
2019-08-13 07:00Murchison Falls NP--Pakuba1
2019-08-14 06:48Queen Elizabeth II NP1
2019-08-11 10:30Nyabarongo River @ RN11
2019-08-15 06:20Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course1
2019-08-09 07:28Lake Mburo NP2
2019-08-11 08:30Maasai Mara NR (general please use more specific location if possible)1
2019-08-06 13:09Serengeti NP5
2019-08-06 16:00Caprivi Mutoya Lodge2
2019-08-08 07:23Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater1
2019-08-18 09:50Lake Manyara NP (Arusha Province)18
2019-08-17 11:00Africa Safari Glamping Tented Camp2
2019-08-18 07:57Lake Manyara NP--Maramboi Tented Camp3
2019-08-11 06:57Chobe River--west of Kasane1
2019-08-07 16:20Kasane--town2
2019-08-16 09:48Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate2
2019-08-14 11:24Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge1
2019-08-16 13:30Tarangire NP2
2019-08-12 08:00Arusha NP
2019-08-10 17:00David Livingstone Safari Lodge
2019-08-08 08:15Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate5
2019-08-17 08:20Taita Lowlands--Lumo Conservancy/Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary2
2019-08-15 06:48Taita Lowlands--Taita Sisal Estate Dam2
2019-08-19 08:57Luambe NP1
2019-08-10 15:56Mikumi NP4
2019-08-12 15:38Gorongosa NP2
2019-08-07 16:57Karongwe Game Reserve1
2019-08-15 06:55Phinda Private Game Reserve5
2019-08-18 09:41HiP--Imfolozi Section3
2019-08-16 08:47iSimangaliso Wetland Park--Western Shore1
2019-08-15 09:39iSimangaliso Wetland Park--Eastern Shores1