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Little Bee Eater, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa,  the Little Bee Eater (Merops pusillus) is one of the most colourful birds of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.   It is a common species with total numbers estimated to be in excess of 60 million, none the less,  the species is believed to be in decline due to the use of pesticides used to control the tsetse fly.    As its name suggests,  it feeds mostly on insects such as bees and wasps,  usually caught on the wing.

little bee-eater
little bee-eater

*** update 25.11.14.  Further Botswana images are now online. ~KD. ***