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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 Kanha 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
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Yogesh.

YogeshSave 8 years ago

Superb action shots...... :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Emma :-)

Hema 8 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Jeannette!

Jeannette 8 years ago

Wow, wonderful spotting :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Rieko and MacChristiansen

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Great spotting Satyen

RiekoS 8 years ago

Lovely spotting.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Atul, Ashish and augustgray.

augustgray 8 years ago

WOW- nice work!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Simply hard efforts are reflecting in such beautiful spotting... Great job Satyen...

Atul 8 years ago

lovely pics Satyen :)

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Madhya Pradesh, India

Spotted on Oct 30, 2012
Submitted on Nov 4, 2012


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