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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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In Cyprus, four events were organised last year and the most numerous species observed in Cyprus were the Spanish Sparrow, the Barn Swallow and the European Bee-eater.
With their kaleidoscopic plumage, bee-eaters are one of Europe's most beautiful birds.
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.
Bee-eaters bred successfully on the Isle of Wight last year, and prior to that in Co Durham, Herefordshire and Sussex.
The researchers attached tiny radio transmitters onto the backs of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) caught in Israel to record their wing beat frequency, heart rate and flight speed.
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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.
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European Bee-eaters migrate through the Eilat bottleneck in both seasons in large numbers.
Stay quiet and you may see rainbow bee-eaters, jabirus and even blue winged kookaburras.
We have European bee-eaters, hoopoes (who make a sound like their name sounds), red legged partridges, the white ibis who do us a favour by feeding on worms and bugs along with many others to numerous to mention.