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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 the three-year-old filly Bee Eater, Prescott has found another capable of running up a sequence, but she faces her toughest test to date when stepping up to Listed company in the EBF Slatch Farm Stud Flying Fillies' Stakes.
As a grand daughter of the brilliant Marwell, Bee Eater has a lot to live up to and there's no doubt she has her quirks what with her tail-swishing traits.
BEE EATER overcame greenness to win on her debut and still looked pretty clueless when turned over next time on her handicap debut, but always looked in charge at Warwick last time.
Ultimately, he was caught on the line by the well-backed Bee Eater but the colt - who is out of speedy Molecomb winner Inya Lake - can reap the benefits of his debut and is an obvious sort to open his account very shortly.
Bee Eater has been making a rapid rise through the ranks and can continue her winning streak in the GL Events Handicap at Newmarket.
OTHER HORSES TO FOLLOW: Bee Eater, Bid For Glory, Binanti, Broomielaw, Exit Smiling, Gold Prospect, Kirk Michael, Medieval Maiden, Platinum Charmer, Royal Rationale, Silencio, Sovietta, Summer Dancer, The Skerret, Tumbleweed Glory
SIR MARK PRESCOTT calls Bee Eater a 'character' but the flying filly once again showed bundles of speed as she darted to a hattrick success in the 6f handicap.
WARWICK: 2.20 Flying Grey, 2.55 Tamrai Dancer, 3.30 Trees Of Green, 4.05 Dematraf, 4.40 Bee Eater, 5.10 Kayf Aramis, 5.40 Raffish.
Newmarket: 5.55 Jack Dawkins, 6.25 Inchmahome, 7.00 Captain Brilliance, 7.30 Bee Eater, 8.05 Direct Debit, 8.35 Sonny Parkin.
The bee eater, one of 133 birds to include the wasp in their diet, counteracts the sting by rubbing the insect against a branch or tree trunk before scoffing it.
BEE EATER could put her illustrious breeding to a sterner test after making it three wins from four starts in the 6f fillies' event at Newmarket.
Bee Eater was a decisive winner of the 6f fillies' handicap at Newmarket yesterday.