Northern Carmine Bee-eater at Diergaarde Blijdorp, Rotterdam (Holland)
The Northern Carmine Bee-eater is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. Alternative common names include
the Carmine Bee-eater or the Nubian Bee-eater. It's found in an extremely large range in Africa, living from Senegal to Eritrea and Kenya.
This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured, slender bird, predominantly carmine in colour, except for a greenish blue head and throat and distinctive black mask. This species has red eyes, a black, pointed, decurved beak, and elongated central tail feathers. The sexes are similar in appearance, and the juveniles can be distinguished from adults by their lack of elongated central tail feathers and the pinkish brown
colouration of their mantle, chest to belly, and flanks.