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African Green Bee-eater

Merops viridissimus (= Merops viridissimus viridissimus) Swainson, WJ 1837

The African green bee-eater is a species of bird in the family Meropidae. It is found throughout arid regions of Africa from Senegal east to Ethiopia, and has expanded its range north to Egypt over the past few decades. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Coraciiformes
Family:
  Meropidae
Genus:
   Merops
Scientific:
  Merops viridissimus viridissimus


Original description

Citation:
  Swainson, WJ 1837

Reference:
   Nat. Hist. Birds W. Afr. 2 p.82

Protonym:
  Merops viridissimus

Link:
  https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/57925#page/96/mode/1up


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  0AAA530E40F8F610

Avibase ID:
  avibase-0AAA530E

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/0AAA530E


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 693102

Geographic range:

  • Merops viridissimus viridissimus: Savanna of Senegal to Eritrea, Ethiopia and w Sudan
  • Merops viridissimus flavoviridis: Subdesert steppes of Chad to Red Sea coast of Sudan
  • Merops viridissimus cleopatra: Nile Valley (Lake Nasser to delta)
English:
African Green Bee-eater
Catalan:
Abellerol maragda africà
Czech:
vlha sahelská
Danish:
Sahelbiæder
German:
Afrikasmaragdspint
Spanish:
Abejaruco esmeralda africano
French:
Guêpier vert
Croatian:
zelena pčelarica
Dutch:
Afrikaanse Kleine Groene Bijeneter
Polish:
żołna szmaragdowa
Portuguese:
abelharuco-verde-africano
Slovak:
včelárik savanový
Swedish:
sahelbiätare
Chinese:
非洲绿喉蜂虎


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Little Green Bee-eater [viridissimus or cleopatra] ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus, cleopatra or flavoviridis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Little Green Bee-eater [viridissimus or cleopatra] ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus, cleopatra or flavoviridis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Little Green Bee-eater [viridissimus or cleopatra] ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus, cleopatra or flavoviridis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Little Green Bee-eater [viridissimus or cleopatra] ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus, cleopatra or flavoviridis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Little Green Bee-eater [viridissimus or cleopatra] ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus, cleopatra or flavoviridis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Little Green Bee-eater [viridissimus or cleopatra] ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus, cleopatra or flavoviridis])
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6b (Jul 2022):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2022:
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated) ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated) ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated) ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated) ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated) ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2021:
Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated) ( Merops orientalis [viridissimus Group]) [version 1]
eBird version 2022:
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 11.2:
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.1:
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.2:
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
African Green Bee-eater ( Merops viridissimus) [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes a subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Merops [orientalis, viridissimus or cyanophrys] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms

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Arabic: وروار أخضر صغير [viridissimus Group]
Bulgarian: Малък зелен пчелояд [Група viridissimus]
Catalan: Abellerol maragda africà
Czech: vlha indická [skupina viridissimus], vlha sahelská
Danish: Lille Grøn Biæder, Afrikansk [viridissimus Gruppe], Sahelbiæder
German: Afrikasmaragdspint, Smaragdspint [viridissimus-Gruppe], Smaragdspint-viridissimus
Greek: Νανομελισσοφάγος [viridissimus ομάδα], Νανομελισσοφάγος [viridissimus]
English: African Green Bee-eater, Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated), Little Green Bee-eater [viridissimus or cleopatra]
English, HBW: African Green Bee-eater
English (IOC): African Green Bee-eater, Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated)
English (United States): Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated)
Esperanto: Afrika verda abelmanĝulo
Spanish: Abejaruco Esmeralda (grupo viridissimus), Abejaruco esmeralda africano
Spanish (Spain): Abejaruco esmeralda (grupo viridissimus), Abejaruco Esmeralda [viridissimus Group]
Spanish (HBW): Green Bee-eater (Yellow-throated)
Persian: زنبورخوار سبز [viridissimus Group]
French: Guêpier d'Orient (à gorge jaune), Guêpier d'Orient [viridissimus or cleopatra], Guêpier d'Orient [viridissimus ou cleopatra], Guêpier d'Orient [viridissimus, cleopatra ou flavoviridis], Guêpier d'Orient [viridissimus], Guêpier vert
Hebrew: שרקרק גמדי (אפריקני)
Croatian: zelena pčelarica
Icelandic: Mýsvelgur [viridissimus hópur]
Japanese (romaji): midorihachikui (viridissimus guru-pu)
Japanese: ミドリハチクイ (viridissimus グループ), ミドリハチクイ(viridissimus グループ)
Scientific: Merops orientalis [viridissimus Group], Merops orientalis [viridissimus, cleopatra or flavoviridis], Merops orientalis viridissimus, Merops viridissimus, Merops viridissimus viridissimus
Lithuanian: Rytinis bitininkas [viridissimus grupė]
Dutch: Afrikaanse Kleine Groene Bijeneter, Kleine Groene Bijeneter (viridissimus groep)
Norwegian: beryllbieter (viridissimus gr.)
Polish: żołna szmaragdowa, żołna wschodnia [gr. viridissimus]
Portuguese: abelharuco-verde-africano
Portuguese (Portugal): abelharuco-verde [grupo viridissimus]
Russian: Изумрудная щурка [группа viridissimus]
Slovak: včelárik savanový, včelárik savanový (skup.)
Slovenian: Smaragdni čebelar [viridissmius]
Serbian: Mala zelena pčelarica [viridissimus grupa]
Swedish: grön dvärgbiätare [gruppen viridissimus], grön dvärgbiätare [viridissimus Group], sahelbiätare
Thai: นกจาบคาเล็ก (แอฟริกา)
Turkish: Küçük Yeşil Arıkuşu [viridissimus Grubu]
Chinese: 绿喉蜂虎 [viridissimus Group], 非洲绿喉蜂虎

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