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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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Molecular phylogenetics of the bee-eaters (Aves: Meropidae) based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data.
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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.
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The vegetation trails down to the waterline, clouds of butterflies dot the banks with their many hues, kingfishers, herons and bee-eaters go undisturbed about their business and a faint plop in the water suggests that some small animal is about.
Others (Parrot, Nightjars, Swifts, Kingfisher, Bee-eaters, Jays, Hoopoe and Woodpeckers).
Now, a team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Ben-Gurion-University of the Negev, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tracked the movement of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) along the Africa-Eurasia migration flyway with the help of tiny radio transmitters.
Chinkara gazelles flit across the dunes, little green bee-eaters perch conspiratorially together on khejri trees.
After rising at 5am for a walking safari, my guide Justin and I were fortunate enough to spot Livingstone's ycatchers, bohm's bee-eaters and the more common but beautiful lilac-breasted rollers.
Chinkara gazelles flit across the dune and bee-eaters perch conspiratorially together on khejri trees.