Carmine bee eater

We have 7 different bee eater species in Sudan. Carmine bee eater Merpos nubicoides is the most important. This photo is shot by Mohamed Salah from DNP. Carmine bee eater nest in large colonies in cliffs, usually near river banks, where they use their bills to dig long horizontal nesting tunnels, often eight feet or more in length. Some colonies may consist of just a few nests while others accommodate hundreds of breeding birds. The same site may be used for several years and then the colony may all move to another location. Occupied nests accumulate a black litter of insect remains and smell strongly of ammonia. Three to five eggs are laid per clutch.

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