Merops bullockoides, commonly known as the Blue-breasted Bee-eater, is a medium-sized bird with a length of around 20 cm. It has a bright blue head, throat, and breast, with a yellow belly and a black tail. Its wings are brown and its bill is black. It is found in open woodlands and savannas in sub-Saharan Africa, and its lifespan is around 10 years. Its population is currently stable, with an estimated global population of around 1 million individuals.
Name Origin: Merops bullockoides is a species of bee-eater found in Africa. It was first described by the English zoologist Philip Sclater in 1858. The genus name Merops is derived from the Greek word for bee-eater, and the species name bullockoides is derived from the Latin word for bullock, referring to the bird's brownish-red coloration.
Related Species: Merops apiaster, Merops persicus, Merops superciliosus