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
2021-05-08 08:20Gunjur3
2021-05-08 07:26Fosu Lagoon8
2021-05-01 13:00Parc de la Vallee de la N'Sele10
2021-04-23 06:30Tuti Island8
2021-04-20 09:10Semuliki NP2
2021-05-08 08:18Queen Elizabeth II NP--Mweya2
2021-04-20 14:04Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel Boat Trip1
2021-05-15 07:00Queen Elizabeth II NP1
2021-05-16 06:43Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge2
2021-04-30 14:18Ngepi Camp Lodge1
2021-04-30 07:16Mahango Game Reserve4
2021-04-30 16:22Fort Murchison Nature Lodge1
2021-05-16 07:04Namushasha Lodge & Campground2
2021-05-01 12:28Camp Kwando3
2021-05-05 06:26Nkasa Lupala NP1
2021-05-09 07:20Linyanti Wildlife Reserve--Kings Pool Camp2
2021-04-24 09:25Mabamba Swamp1
2021-04-28 15:32Kidepo Valley NP--Karenga Gate to Apoka1
2021-05-08 13:16Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site8
2021-05-08 12:51Lutembe Beach and Wetlands3
2021-05-09 10:19Kafue NP--McBrides Camp1
2021-05-08 10:03andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge2
2021-05-08 06:40Victoria Falls Sewerage Ponds
2021-05-07 08:00Moroto to Tapac Track2
2021-05-07 14:32Ndola-Mufulira Road2
2021-05-05 08:00Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve--Mbale-Moroto Rd4
2021-05-08 07:28Yala Swamp and Lake Kanyaboli (general)1
2021-05-08 06:24Blue Lagoon NP1
2021-05-09 07:50Lochinvar NP1
2021-05-07 11:53Matangwe Banding Area-1
2021-05-08 06:05Nsobe Camp2
2021-05-08 07:34Kalimba Reptile Park8
2021-05-02 08:48Mulungushi Dam1
2021-05-15 06:59Lazy J Ranch (Restricted Access - Permit Required)2
2021-05-13 10:55Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle2
2021-05-08 11:55Hwange NP--Kennedy Area1
2021-05-02 06:15Serengeti NP--Seronera3
2021-04-28 06:40Maasai Mara NR--Aruba Mara Camp & Talek Gate1
2021-05-10 06:01Naboisho Conservancy
2021-05-09 08:58Royal Zambezi Lodge3
2021-05-08 06:37Lower Zambezi NP1
2021-05-08 07:10Crater Lane, Menengai1
2021-05-10 14:20Narok (general)5
2021-05-12 16:58Lake Cheleleka--NW viewpoint1
2021-05-08 06:03Mutinondo Wilderness2
2021-05-08 15:29Soysambu Conservency2
2021-05-14 06:50Hara Langano Lodge3
2021-05-14 09:55Bishangari Lodge2
2021-05-08Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
2021-05-08Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater
2021-05-11 06:23Segera Retreat (Restricted access)1
2021-04-24 09:52Ataye Wetlands3
2021-05-07 16:44Shewa Robit area4
2021-05-15 14:42South Luangwa NP
2021-05-08 05:31South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge
2021-05-08 11:21Borana Conservancy2
2021-05-08 06:29Borana Conservancy--Borana Wildlife Lodge2
2021-05-08 06:50Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam1
2021-05-14 09:09Nairobi NP4
2021-05-08 14:20Lewa Wildlife Conservancy2
2021-04-23 16:01Buffalo Springs NR3
2021-04-22 15:27Buffalo Springs NR--Buffalo Springs Lodge3
2021-05-08 14:55Bokaa Dam3
2021-04-29 10:37Savage Camp. Sagana.1
2021-04-22 06:38Shaba NR1
2021-05-08 11:31Hillside Dams1
2021-05-02 07:45Magongo Hills8
2021-05-08 08:34Engikaret Lark Plains1
2021-05-15 13:00Engikaret Lark Plains--Acacia Scrub to South1
2021-05-08 08:02Arusha NP8
2021-04-25 06:06Madikwe Game Reserve2
2021-05-08 07:50Danish Forest1
2021-05-08 14:40Clifton Dam
2021-05-02 06:45Amboseli NP
2021-04-23 15:56Kilima Safari Camp (-2.0768,37.4605)4
2021-05-08 08:24Lake Chivero NP1
2021-05-08 13:38Kimana Sanctuary2
2021-05-08 11:31Mbirikani Group Ranch2
2021-05-14 16:32Harare--Mukuvisi Woodlands2
2021-04-29 05:28Pilanesberg NP (please be more specific)2
2021-04-25 16:59Pilanesberg NP--Pilanesberg Center2
2021-05-16 07:37Pilanesberg NP--Bakabung1
2021-05-15 11:00Tsavo West NP--southern section4
2021-05-15 08:12Blouberg Nature Reserve2
2021-05-08 15:45Taita Lowlands--Lumo Conservancy/Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary3
2021-05-16 06:13Boons Road2
2021-05-08 09:07Taita Lowlands--Taita Sisal Estate Dam2
2021-05-13 09:45Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch2
2021-05-08 07:14Tsavo East NP--southern section1
2021-05-08 10:37Polokwane Bird Sanctuary1
2021-05-08 04:52Tsavo East NP--Sala Gate1
2021-05-08 09:32Sebayeng Wetland2
2021-04-22 16:34Sagole Big Tree2
2021-05-08 15:35Wamba Marsh3
2021-05-08 12:27Pungwe River bridge2
2021-04-18 07:05Mabusa Nature Reserve3
2021-05-08 18:21Katiyo Tea Estate2
2021-05-08 06:30Shimba Hills NR4
2021-05-15 06:04Kruger NP--Banyini Pan (ltd access)2
2021-05-15 15:12Kruger NP--Sandpit (Limited Access)5
2021-05-08 15:46Arabuko-Sokoke Forest1
2021-05-14 14:30Kruger NP--Lanner Gorge (ltd access)2
2021-04-23 07:41Bankplaas Road2
2021-05-13 06:00Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service2
2021-04-18 06:38Kruger NP--Pafuri Camp (Camp Guests Only)3
2021-05-08 05:00Majete Game Reserve
2021-05-14 06:07Kruger NP--Reedbuckvlei (restricted access)6
2021-04-17 11:45Mansoor Hotel1
2021-04-30 15:29Liwonde National Park4
2021-05-08 08:44Pugu Hills Nature Centre1
2021-05-08University of Dar es Salaam
2021-04-28 16:51Kruger NP--Shimuwini Bushveld Camp5
2021-04-29 11:08Kruger NP--Letaba Camp5
2021-05-08 15:13Ngala Private Game Reserve
2021-04-24 07:36Gorongosa NP1
2021-04-26 07:06Nelspruit--Friedenheim Area2
2021-05-16 06:35Kruger NP--Phabeni Gate9
2021-05-11 08:34Singita Ebony Lodge
2021-04-25 06:51Kruger NP--Phabeni to Skukuza2
2021-04-25 06:54Kruger NP--Napi Rd to Skukuza/H1-1
2021-05-02 10:03Kruger NP--Orpen Dam4
2021-05-08 11:35Weenen NR1
2021-05-16 10:33Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast1
2021-05-09 09:20Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2021-04-28 15:36Casa Babi16
2021-05-08 10:15Sappi Stanger1
2021-05-08 06:04Pennington--Umdoni Park2
2021-04-29 06:00Phinda GR
2021-05-08 06:03Dunes de Dovela8