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
2020-02-16 10:25Technopole
2020-02-23 09:00Île de Goree1
2020-02-16 07:05Lac Mbeubeusse4
2020-02-20 08:00Deni Biram Ndao (dunes)1
2020-02-23 10:50RN de Popenguine5
2020-02-01 15:04RN de Somone--Lagune1
2020-02-22 08:00RN de Somone--Lodge de Dalaal Diam1
2020-01-31 07:26PN Langue de Barbarie--Zebrabar2
2020-01-30 08:30PN des Oiseaux du Djoudj4
2020-01-31 10:28Les Trois Marigots2
2020-02-04 12:30Tanji Bird Reserve3
2020-01-27 08:30Tujereng Lagoon2
2020-02-15 08:58Tujereng Wood1
2020-02-11 16:26Brufut Woods1
2020-02-10 17:05Senegambia Hotel Gardens and Beach3
2020-02-16 09:46Casino Cycle Track4
2020-02-13 15:19Kotu Creek--Bridge and Mouth3
2020-02-17 07:30Kotu Creek2
2020-02-16 08:10Tambi rice fields2
2020-02-19 08:03Lamin Fields3
2020-02-11 10:55Lamin Lodge15
2020-02-12 09:17Farasuto Forest Community Nature Reserve2
2020-02-03 08:06Forêt de Djibelor (Eaux et Forêts)2
2020-02-11 07:45Baobolong Wetland4
2020-02-15 13:00Tendaba--Soccer Fields and Bird-hide with Pool2
2020-02-12 13:45Kaia3
2020-02-09 10:00Njean Sanjali1
2020-02-10 08:24Janjanbureh--North Bank3
2020-02-06 16:42Campement de Wassadou10
2020-02-04 06:15Mole NP--general (use more specific hot spot if possible)10
2020-02-01 06:15Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--"stingless bee center" forest patch1
2020-02-07 06:30Ebekawopa (Abrafo)--Gyaware road2
2020-02-01Sakumono Lagoon5
2020-02-17 13:30Lekki Conservation Center2
2020-01-29 06:50Majak Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary1
2020-02-09 16:30Rundu Sewage Works3
2020-02-21 13:07Tambuti Lodge8
2020-02-11 11:25Rundu WTP1
2020-02-03 13:33Queen Elizabeth II NP--Mweya3
2020-01-30 07:00Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Rushaga area trails2
2020-02-01 16:00Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel1
2020-02-20 08:58Mahango Game Reserve4
2020-02-05 07:05Murchison Falls NP--north side (Paraa to Albert Nile swamps)2
2020-02-06 07:15Murchison Falls NP--Boat trip Paraa to Victoria Nile Delta2
2020-02-24 16:03Lake Mburo NP1
2020-02-19 08:30Akagera NP (southern area)
2020-01-30 06:40Belmond Eagle Island Lodge3
2020-02-13 15:20Katima Mulilo WTP1
2020-02-15 08:45Mabamba Swamp1
2020-02-09 07:26Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site1
2020-01-27 06:35Chobe NP (Savuti region)3
2020-01-28 06:56Moremi--River Kwai (north side)2
2020-02-23 07:27Chobe Game Lodge6
2020-02-06 09:04Chobe River--Boat Trip (Namibia)1
2020-02-22 19:21Imbabala Safari Camp6
2020-02-23 06:13Camp Nkwazi2
2020-02-09 15:34Zambesi river cruise (ZW side)2
2020-02-20 14:07Hwange National Park--Hwange Main Camp3
2020-02-08 06:21Kasanka NP2
2020-02-09 17:04Serengeti NP--Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge1
2020-02-24 10:50Serengeti NP--Seronera Pond1
2020-02-12 06:30Serengeti NP5
2020-01-28 06:42Serengeti NP--Kusini Camp3
2020-02-20 06:33Serengeti NP--Klein's Camp
2020-02-11 17:25Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Ndutu1
2020-01-26 07:39Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu (general area)1
2020-01-30 08:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Masek2
2020-01-31 07:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP6
2020-02-01 07:15Hawassa Lake Promenade2
2020-01-30 12:30Haile Resort6
2020-02-24 10:15Abidjatta-Shalla NP HQ area1
2020-02-14 06:30Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater4
2020-02-15 15:00Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)3
2020-02-15 06:55Lake Manyara NP (Manyara)
2020-02-22 11:30Nairobi NP5
2020-02-23 08:00Tarangire NP--Lemiyon Circuit Grasslands2
2020-02-14 06:16Tarangire NP--Matete Picnic Site2
2020-02-17 17:07Awash NP--southern section1
2020-02-20 07:00Tarangire NP1
2020-02-01 07:40Swara Plains Conservancy and Acacia Camp (formerly Hopcraft Ranch/Game Ranching Ltd.)1
2020-02-06 09:00Aledeghi Wildlife Reserve
2020-02-15 06:15Ruaha NP1
2020-02-16 08:04Arusha NP1
2020-02-24 14:48Big and Small Momela Lakes2
2020-02-03 07:21Amboseli NP4
2020-01-27 12:30Dzalanyama Forest Lodge area5
2020-02-10 10:00Kilombero Swamp4
2020-02-11 08:00Hondo Hondo Udzungwa Forest Camp2
2020-02-23 13:50Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch3
2020-01-30 06:36Selous Game Reserve--Roho Ya Selous2
2020-02-04 06:32Selous Game Reserve--Lake Manze1
2020-02-08 10:30Ramisi Sugar Dam
2020-02-10 09:13Diani--Kaya Kinondo
2020-02-21 09:59Kruger NP--Punda Gate Road/H13-16
2020-01-26 05:30Liwonde National Park--Mvuu2
2020-01-26 06:10Liwonde National Park8
2020-02-16 05:31Kruger NP--S441
2020-02-20 07:40EN1--Zangue River2
2020-02-23 10:27Maputo Special Reserve--Lagoa Chiguti1
2020-02-15 06:44San Sebastien Peninsula11
2020-02-05 06:00Phinda GR