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Blue-headed Bee-eater
Merops muelleri
Blue-moustached Bee-eater (NT)
Merops mentalis
  Cabanis, 1889
Black Bee-eater
Merops gularis
IOC 9.2

Blue-moustached Bee-eater
Merops mentalis
Atewa, Ghana - 2017-01-05
© Fredrik Sahlin

Field guides

Plate/page: 166

Borrow, N. and Demey, R.
Birds of Ghana

Plate/page: 280.2

Sinclair, I. and Ryan, P.
Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. First edition.

Plate/page: 67

Borrow, N. and Demey, R.
Birds of Western Africa


  • Merops mentalis: Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2019.
  • Merops mentalis: Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2019. IOC World Bird List (v 9.2). http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  • Borrow, N. and Demey, R.: Birds of Ghana; Christopher Helm, 2010; ISBN:1-408-12279-0
  • Borrow, N. and Demey, R.: Birds of Western Africa; Helm Field Guides, 2001; ISBN:0-713-63959-8
  • Sinclair, I. and Ryan, P.: Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. First edition.; Struik, 2003; ISBN:1-868-72857-9
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    Scientific Classification
    Kingdom Animals
    Phylum Chordates
    Class Birds
    Order Kingfishers, Bee-Eaters, Rollers
    Family Bee-eaters
    Genus Merops
    Species Blue-moustached Bee-eater
    Cabanis, 1889
    Taxonomic notes
    IOC 9.2: AS: Blue-moustached Bee-eater is split from Blue-headed Bee-eater (Marks et al. 2007, BLI 4)
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    AF Sierra Leone to w Cameroon and Bioko I
    Conservation Status
     NT  IUCN Red List 2015
    BirdLife Species Factsheet
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