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Green bee eater

Merops orientalis


Like other species in the genus, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before swallowing prey, a bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch.


Seen at Madhav National Park.


A study suggested that Green Bee-eaters may be capable of interpreting the behaviour of human observers. They showed an ability to predict whether a human at a particular location would be capable of spotting the nest entrance and then behaved appropriately to avoid giving away the nest location. The ability to look at a situation from another's point of view was previously believed to be possessed only by primates.

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Wild Things 10 years ago

Thanks bhargav :-) 10 years ago


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Wild Things 10 years ago

Thank you Mac and Daniele!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Beautiful bird and picture Satyen!

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Great photo

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Wild Things 10 years ago

Thanks adrika!

adrika.2612 10 years ago

great shot!

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Wild Things 10 years ago

Thank you very much Yogesh and JillBlack!

JillBlack 10 years ago

nice photo

YogeshSave 10 years ago

sir!!!!!! words!!!!

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Wild Things 10 years ago

Thank you Atul, Sumukha, tibiprada and Gerardo!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wonderful :)

tibiprada 10 years ago

♥ # 3

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

Superb shot Satyen..!

Atul 10 years ago

Superb spotting !!! amazing pic !!!

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Shivpuri, India

Spotted on Sep 27, 2012
Submitted on Oct 1, 2012

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