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
2019-12-08 10:15Technopole3
2019-12-08 06:57RNC de Palmarin2
2019-12-07 10:00Tanji Bird Reserve
2019-12-10 10:00Kotu Creek--Bridge and Mouth10
2019-12-08 14:52Kotu WTP1
2019-12-13 10:00Brufut Woods
2019-12-06 10:20Calypso Beach Bar2
2019-12-09 07:55Tujereng8
2019-12-14 09:00Kartong Wetland8
2019-12-02 12:30River No. 2 Beach1
2019-12-14 15:01Tono Dam & vicinity1
2019-12-05 16:02Atewa Range Forest Reserve1
2019-12-05 16:10Atewa--farm scrub and degraded forest3
2019-12-02 14:10Sakumono Lagoon5
2019-12-12 06:18Queen Elizabeth II NP--Ishasha sector2
2019-12-13 09:20Queen Elizabeth II NP3
2019-12-10 05:44Gisenyi1
2019-12-07 06:30Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course1
2019-12-04 13:17Lake Mburo NP2
2019-12-01 09:00Akagera NP--Nyampiki Peninsular
2019-12-01 08:31Rundu WTP3
2019-12-13 07:30Mega Road3
2019-12-13 15:45Yabello area2
2019-12-01 06:55Serengeti NP--Sayari Camp4
2019-12-12 06:15Yabello to Mega road1
2019-12-01 06:40Maasai Mara NR--Talek Plains1
2019-12-08 07:54Maasai Mara NR, Eastern Section2
2019-12-11 06:30Mega area2
2019-12-02 05:41Mushingashi Conservancy2
2019-12-14 09:05Uhuru Gardens National Monument2
2019-12-14 06:48Nairobi NP
2019-12-14 15:05Kasane Forest Preserve1
2019-12-11 06:00Forest Inn2
2019-12-05 08:51Kasanka NP1
2019-12-13 05:57Mosi-oa-Tunya NP1
2019-12-04 10:26Tsavo West NP--northern section1
2019-12-04 06:39Mana Pools NP3
2019-12-14 08:02Tsavo East NP--southern section4
2019-12-05 12:54Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch1
2019-12-03 08:45Maungu (general)7
2019-12-07 07:06Rukinga Ranch1
2019-12-10 06:31Shimba Hills NR9
2019-12-01 06:48Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve2
2019-12-04 10:43Kruger NP--Letaba Camp1
2019-12-03 05:54Kruger NP--Orpen Rest Camp1
2019-12-11 05:35Lion Sands Game Reserve1
2019-12-06 09:45Macaneta--Tidal wetland, dune forests and coast2
2019-12-14 15:36Weenen NR2
2019-12-07 07:00Maputo Elephant Game Reserve