Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater (Merops oreobates
The Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater is a small bird, 8.5" (22cm). They are similar to the Little Bee-eater
, but larger and with a dark cinnamon breast (not light brown) and no blue stripe above the eye. The Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater has a green crown, nape and back, a black mask through the red eye and a yellow chin with a broad black band below. It has a green tail, with broad black band, then a white tip. A black, decurved bill. Habits
The Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater is usually found in pairs or small groups. It nests in groups, in soft earth banks. Diet
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater eats mostly bees and wasps, caught in tree canopies, then de-venomed by rubbing its prey on a branch, before swallowing. It catches other insects, too, but prefers the stinging type! Resident
The Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater is a Highland species, found in Kenya above 1,600m and below 2,300m (sometimes even higher). Mostly seen in forest edges and suberban gardens. Extra Facts
The Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater has a persistent call "siip" or longer "seeep", helping to distinguish it from the smaller Little Bee-eater, who is much quieter. Photographs
Photographed in Kenya's Capital, Nairobi.