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Browsing through a species group

Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 Black-headed Bee-eater
Merops breweri
AF Ivory Coast, Ghana, s Nigeria and n Central African Republic. Gabon to w South Sudan, c DR Congo and nw Angola
2 Blue-headed Bee-eater
Merops muelleri
AF s Cameroon to w Kenya
3 Blue-moustached Bee-eater   NT 
Merops mentalis
AF Sierra Leone to w Cameroon and Bioko I
4 Black Bee-eater
Merops gularis
AF c, w
    Merops gularis gularis
Sierra Leone to s Nigeria
    Merops gularis australis
se Nigeria to w Uganda and n Angola
7 Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
Merops hirundineus
AF widespread
    Merops hirundineus chrysolaimus
Senegal to Central African Republic
    Merops hirundineus heuglini
ne DR Congo, n Uganda, s Sudan and sw Ethiopia
    Merops hirundineus furcatus
se DR Congo and Tanzania south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
    Merops hirundineus hirundineus
Angola through Namibia and Botswana to n South Africa
12 Little Bee-eater
Merops pusillus
AF widespread
    Merops pusillus pusillus
Senegal and Gambia to sw Sudan and n DR Congo
    Merops pusillus ocularis
e DR Congo, n Uganda and c Sudan to the Red Sea coast
    Merops pusillus cyanostictus
e Ethiopia, w Somalia and e Kenya
    Merops pusillus meridionalis
s and e DR Congo to w Kenya south to c Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa
    Merops pusillus argutus
sw Angola, Botswana and sw Zambia
18 Blue-breasted Bee-eater
Merops variegatus
AF ne, c, wc
    Merops variegatus lafresnayii
Ethiopia and se Sudan
    Merops variegatus loringi
se Nigeria and Cameroon to Uganda and w Kenya
    Merops variegatus variegatus
Gabon to c DR Congo and n Angola
    Merops variegatus bangweoloensis
e Angola to se DR Congo, Zambia and w Tanzania
23 Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Merops oreobates
AF s South Sudan to ne Tanzania. w Uganda and e DR Congo to nw Tanzania
24 Red-throated Bee-eater
Merops bulocki
AF ec, c, w
    Merops bulocki bulocki
Senegal and Gambia to Central African Republic
    Merops bulocki frenatus
s Sudan and w Ethiopia to ne DR Congo and n Uganda
27 White-fronted Bee-eater
Merops bullockoides
AF Gabon to Kenya, south to s Angola, c South Africa and s Mozambique
28 Somali Bee-eater
Merops revoilii
AF e Ethiopia and Somalia to e Kenya
29 White-throated Bee-eater
Merops albicollis
AF Mauritania and Senegal to e Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen and Somalia Non-breeding: Senegal to Kenya and Gabon
30 Böhm's Bee-eater
Merops boehmi
AF w tanzania to Zambia. e Tanzania to c Mozambique
31 Green Bee-eater
Merops orientalis
AF, EU, OR w AF to Arabian Peninsula to Southeast Asia
    Merops orientalis viridissimus
Senegal to n and c Ethiopia
    Merops orientalis cleopatra
Nile Valley (Egypt) to n Sudan
    Merops orientalis cyanophrys
s Israel, w and s Arabia
    Merops orientalis muscatensis
c and e Arabia
    Merops orientalis beludschicus
s Iraq to nw India
    Merops orientalis orientalis
w India east to Bangladesh
    Merops orientalis ceylonicus
Sri Lanka
    Merops orientalis ferrugeiceps
ne India to sc China and Indochina
40 Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Merops persicus
EU sw, nw AF Non-breeding: AF
    Merops persicus persicus
Egypt and the Middle East to Kazakhstan and w India Non-breeding: to e Africa
    Merops persicus chrysocercus
nw Africa Non-breeding: to w Africa
43 Olive Bee-eater
Merops superciliosus
AF Ethiopia to Namibia, Madagascar
    Merops superciliosus superciliosus
e Africa, Madagascar and the Comoro Is.
    Merops superciliosus alternans
w Angola and nw Namibia
46 Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Merops philippinus
OR, AU India and Sri Lanka to s China, se Asia, Philippines, Sulawesi, Flores (Lesser Sundas), New Guinea and New Britain Non-breeding: to Thai-Malay Pen., Greater Sundas and Timor
47 Rainbow Bee-eater
Merops ornatus
AU Australia Non-breeding: Sulawesi to Solomon Islands
48 Blue-throated Bee-eater
Merops viridis
OR s China to Java and Philippines
    Merops viridis viridis
s China to Indochina and the Greater Sundas
    Merops viridis americanus
51 Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Merops leschenaulti
OR widespread
    Merops leschenaulti leschenaulti
India and Sri Lanka to sc China, Indochina and Malay Pen.
    Merops leschenaulti quinticolor
Sumatra, Java and Bali
    Merops leschenaulti andamanensis
Andaman Is.
55 European Bee-eater
Merops apiaster
EU, AF nw Africa, sw Europe to c Asia. South Africa Non-breeding: w, s, c AF
56 Rosy Bee-eater
Merops malimbicus
AF s Nigeria. Gabon to c DR Congo
57 Northern Carmine Bee-eater
Merops nubicus
AF Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia
58 Southern Carmine Bee-eater
Merops nubicoides
AF Angola to w Tanzania, south to Namibia, Botswana and n South Africa

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