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European Bee-eater

Merops apiaster

Description:

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It has brown and yellow upper parts, whilst the wings are green and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 27–29 cm (10.6–11.4 in), including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.(wikipedia)

Habitat:

This is a bird which breeds in open country in warmer climates. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before eating its meal, a European Bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It eats some 250 bees daily. Lizards and frogs are also taken. (wikipedia)

Notes:

It was a cloudy day and some bee eaters were around a place where live honey bees.

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Cornel Apostol
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Cornel Apostol

Ploiesti, Romania

Spotted on Sep 14, 2012
Submitted on Sep 29, 2012

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