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C. Hilary Fry, "The Biology of African Bee-Eaters," The Living Bird Eleventh Annual of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 1972

PROPORTIONS OF CONSTITUENTS IN THE DIETS OF 13 SPECIES OF MEROPS IN AFRICA

Symbols and shadings represent (from top to bottom): beetles; grasshoppers and other items; flies; termites; dragonflies and demoiselle-flies; ants; Hymenoptera except ants and honeybees; and honeybees. "Other items" are mainly bugs, moths, and butterflies, but also see text. Note that the proportions shown are based on numbers of diet items, not volume or weight. Numbers at the bottom indicate the following species and the sample size or number of food items (in parentheses): 1, hirundineus (315); 2, oreobates (787); 3, variegatus (235); 4, pusillus (1,022); 5, bulocki (3,886); 6, bullockoides (1,122); 7, boehmi (289); 8, orientalis (383); 9, ablicollis (2,468); 10, apiaster (860); 11, malimbicus (1,240); 12, nubicus (2,364); 13, superciliosus (794).