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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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With their kaleidoscopic plumage, bee-eaters are one of Europe's most striking birds.
O'Shea's reference to a colony of 'migrant Green Bee-Eater .
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And some bee-eater birds use sharp hooks on their bills to stab their siblings.
Ornithologists observed that African bee-eater birds sacrifice their own reproductive opportunities to help their kin raise offspring (135: 364) and that male red-winged blackbirds with familiar neighbors attract larger harems and thus have more offspring (136: 311).
Just as I was alerted to my Halcyon by its high-pitched descending twitter, the European Bee-eater announces its arrival with a soft but very audible and oftrepeated 'kroop kroop kroop.
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The place is rich with beetles, larvae of other insects, a few frogs and tadpoles and birds such as the little green bee-eater.
The Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), terns (Sterna hirundo and Sterna albifrons), sand martins (Riparia riparia) herons, gulls and duck species all rely on the area s mixed habitat features.