Both males and females of this species usually share a similar appearance, although they can sometimes have different eye colors.
This bird is the most incredibly beautiful of its kind due to its size and vibrant coloration.
Introducing the Northern Carmine Bee-eater
Merops nubicus, sometimes known as M. n. nubicus, is a bee-eater bird native to Africa and a member of the Meropidae family. This bird, distinguished by its vibrantly colored plumage, is mostly carmine in color, with a greenish-blue head, throat, and a characteristic black mask. Their bodies are usually thin, they have small eyes and a bulbous black beak. They can perch on high surfaces thanks to their hair-like claws.
Although their eyes may occasionally be a different color, both males and females of this species have remarkably similar appearances.
In certain species, the tail streamers of males are slightly longer than those of females.
Much of central and northern Africa, including the Central African Republic, Benin and Cameroon, is home to the northern carmine bee-eater.
Naturally, the northern carmine bee-eater consumes many bees, but it also consumes other flying insects, such as ants, grasshoppers, and locusts. Most of the time, birds perched on branches will keep an eye out for passing insects and then grab them in the act.
These birds build horizontal nesting tunnels that can be up to eight feet long in their huge colonies, which are typically found on cliffs or near river banks. Per clutch, the female can lay up to five eggs. The responsibility for incubation and care of the chicks will be shared by both parents. The chicks are almost fully grown after 21 to 32 days and the parents will continue to feed them until they are old enough to live on their own.
This bird is not believed to be in immediate danger of population decline due to its wide distribution.