Hi, I am not a birder as such but I do like to know what I see.I saw this in the North of Madagascar, near Russian Bay. The obvious candidate is the Madagascan Bee Eater but all the illustrations I can find show them as green and without the white undersides.The second picture was taken 100 yards from the first and was what I was expecting to see.Can't see any reference to significant colour variations so I am puzzled.Advice please.
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In reply to PimperneBloke:
Yes, kingfisher was pretty high on my list too.
Again there isn't one in my book that looks like that, I got the one below and a really bad picture of a pied but nothing quite like.
In reply to HAZY:
The book I have has the Olive as another name for the Madagascan, Merops superciliosus.
I think I may be having to buy a better book ;-)
In reply to Gardenbirder:
In reply to Rob Hadfield:
Hi, I've looked at the list of recorded species in Madagascar, and there is nothing else that I can find that is even close. I am assuming it must be a Madagascar Bee-eater... There's a few pictures here that I think sort of match... particularly on the last two rows... search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog
In reply to Chris B:
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