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Research on Carmine Bee-eaters

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A Carmine Bee-eater just before landing on the soft white sand. The bird on the right side on the ground was ringed. A numbered silver metal ring can be seen on the right leg.

Dirk Heinrich

Mark Boorman from Swakopmund and I ringed a total of 530 Carmine Bee-eaters of the breeding colony between Zambezi Mubala Camp (previously Island View Lodge) and Zambezi Mubala Lodge (former Kalizo Lodge) in September this year. It was the third ringing effort after 2015 and 2016, and there was a difference this time: Jim Kairu, a wildlife management lecturer at the campus of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region, was also taking part. Kairu, who hails from Kenya, wants to do research on Carmine Bee-eaters. Furthermore, the head of wildlife management and ecotourism at UNAM’s Katima Mulilo campus, Dr Ekkehard Klingelhoeffer, and 22 students were present while most of the Carmine Bee-eaters were ringed, measured and examined.

For two days the students had the opportunity to get introduced to ringing, learn more about Carmine Bee-eaters and their role in nature as well as for tourism and how many questions about these colourful birds are still unanswered. The ringing effort of almost four days was supported by the Gondwana Group, which provided accommodation and meals for us two bird ringers.

More information on the Carmine Bee-eaters and the research on Namibia Outdoor.

UNAM students watch attentively how Mark Boorman (centre) rings a Carmine Bee-eater, measures and weighs the bird and finally releases it. Next to Boorman on the right is Jim Kairu, who wants to study the breeding behaviour of Carmine Bee-eaters in the coming years. Also on the right, half hidden by the bags in which the Carmine Bee-eaters are kept, is Dr Ekkehard Klingelhoeffer, Head of the Department of Wildlife Management and Ecotourism at UNAM’s Katima Mulilo campus.

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