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.
The Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater is usually found in pairs or small groups. It nests in groups, in soft earth banks.

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!

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.

Photographed in Kenya's Capital, Nairobi.

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Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater ~ On Wire

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater perched on wire cable.

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters ~ Trio

Three Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, perched on the branch of a tree.

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters ~ Pair

Pair of Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, perched on a branch.