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"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime

The Search Is On

Country           South Africa
Provinces         Mpumalanga and Limpopo
Location:         Kruger National Park

This extraordinary picture shows a trio of spectacularly colored white-fronted bee-eaters launching into flight. These white-fronted bee-eaters are found near the river banks and gullies of wooded grassland and pastures of sub-equatorial Africa. Their diet consists of insects, mostly honey bees, caught either through rapid flight down from a low tree perch or during a slower hovering flight.  Foraging areas can be 2-4 miles from their colony site.

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White-fronted bee-eaters live in a very complex society, nesting in colonies made up of family clans where non-breeding birds become helpers for their breeding relatives.  Breeding success for the bee eater is strongly influenced by family structure. At the start of courtship both birds are excluded by their families; as they form a pair-bond, with the female usually becomes accepted into the male's family group.   Bee-eater nests are only found dug into perpendicular cliffs,  usually containing 10-20 active nests but occasionally up to 150 nests with 450 birds can be in one grouping. 

Picture taken in Kruger National Park.  Harriet Smith All Rights Reserved.

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