bee-eater


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bee-eater,

any of the brightly colored, insect-eating birds of the family Meropidae. They range in length from 6 to 14 in. (15–36 cm). The plumage of many species is predominantly green but usually includes a variety of other bright colors. Many species have a black stripe running from the eye to the base of the long, sharp bill. They are found throughout the tropical and warm-temperate Old World but are most numerous in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. Some species are migratory, and the few that breed in temperate areas, such as Merops apiaster, the common, or European, bee-eater, winter in the tropics. Most of the Meropidae are gregarious, and the birds of some species travel in flocks of hundreds or thousands of individuals. The nests of most species are colonial burrows, excavated in the sand of riverbanks or road grades. Bee-eaters catch insects on the wing; they subsist primarily upon bees and wasps. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Coraciiformes, family Meropidae.
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The Cumbria bee-eaters are at Hanson UK's Low Gelt sand quarry near Brampton in the North Pennines, where they have made nests by burrowing tunnels in the quarry banks.
Those species expected to come across the channel in the next few decades include the hoopoe and bee-eater, colourful birds currently only found in southern Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.
This year, on Sunday October 4, birdwatchers can view the migration from different sites giving them a unique opportunity to see raptors, soaring birds, cranes, bee-eaters and other species as they travel over Cyprus during migration, BirdLife said.
Ah unusual record of a European Bee-eater Merops apiaster from Eilat-inside a tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier.
During breeding season, a reproductively active pair will enlist as many as two helper birds to help build a new nest and forage for bees, butterfiles and other insects that make up the bee-eater diet.
Nesting sites of the European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) and sand martin in suitable man-made structures (e.
Look out the window and see yellow and green bee-eater birds collecting nectar in the trees.
Such moments were even greater for the finders of the week's rarest birds: a bee-eater over Mold and a possible buff-breasted sandpiper at Cemlyn.
A Bea-Eater |PICTURE: SHAH JAHAN A FLASH of colour and a liquid "quip-quip" call: once seen, a Bee-eater is never forgotten.
Such examples are, among others, the barn swallow, collared dove, common swift, barn owl, bee-eater, white wagtail, as well as endemic species Cyprus wheatear, Cyprus warbler and Cyprus owl, which is an endemic subspecies.
Three of the four British Bee-eater nests have been found in the last 12 years, so is this another Mediterranean bird moving north in response to our changing climate?