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 Post subject: Rosy Bee-Eater
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:26 pm 
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I recently noticed in my 2nd edition Sasol book that there is a rosy bee-eater, but when I searched for it on Roberts Multimedia I had no luck at all.. Today I had a look at the 3rd edition of the Sasol book and it was not in there either?

Does anyone know why this bird is in some books and not in others?

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 Post subject: Re: Rosy Bee-Eater
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:09 pm 
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Good morning (over here), Kwando

I took a quick look in my old versions of Roberts', Newman's, and SASOL (2nd Ed. © 1997) and the Rosy Bee-eater is not found.

Answers.com says:

The Rosy Bee-eater (Merops malimbicus) is a species of bird in the Meropidae family. It is found in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo.

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* BirdLife International 2004. Merops malimbicus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007.

Of course, many birds show us as a one-off in areas where
one does not expect to find them. Seems this one is a bit
more of Western (mostly coastal) Africa bird.

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 Post subject: Re: Rosy Bee-Eater
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You probaley find that it got recorded once or twice and was not enough to stay in the bird guides, so that is why the latest bird guides do not have it :wink:

Thanks for the info vanalder :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Rosy Bee-Eater
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:42 pm 
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Thanks Vanalder,

I was driving in Namibia right on the Angola border post and this bird caught my attention, that's why I tried looking it up, not sure if it was the bee-eater in question however as I didn't get a perfect look at it, however it was just strange to me that some books have it and others don't... But you have completely satisfied my itch. THANK YOU :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Rosy Bee-Eater
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Souds to me like a mixture of rosy faced love bird, found in Namibia, and Carmine bee-eater, found in eastern Namibia. :wink:

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