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European Bee-eater

Merops apiaster


Bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks, preferably near river shores, usually at the beginning of May. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 8, spherical white eggs are laid around the beginning of June. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs, which are brooded for about 3 weeks. These birds also feed and roost communally.

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Edith 12 years ago
European Be-eater
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52 Comments (1–25)

victoria.vikspics 9 years ago

Stunning photo.

Sukaina 11 years ago

I love this bird so much...
It is a Winter visitor to my region, wish to have any luck to see it.
great capture!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Great spotting all the way... This pose is grabbed after very much hard efforts by following these little cuties... Right Honor for this most spectacular Eurasian Little Bird. Congrats Tatiyana...!!

KarenL 11 years ago

Congratulations Tat'yana, this spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog!

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Fantastic capture! Congratulations!

DoinaRussu 11 years ago

My compliments! Great posture!:)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Oh wow Congratulation well deserve Tat'yana !
Extraordinary shot

Hugo Contreras
Hugo Contreras 11 years ago

felicidades por la toma, un ave hermosa

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 11 years ago

Wow! What a talented, beautiful bird. It's totally showing off.

Liam 11 years ago

Congrats on SOTD! Great action shot!

MaryEvans2 11 years ago

Stunning capture and spotting- and congrats on SOtD- well deserved

Darvesh 11 years ago


SumanSaurabh 11 years ago

isn't this bird flying upside down ?

LauraMaria 11 years ago

Wow, this is a stunning photo! Nice job :) The colour palette is so autumnal, I love it!

BrandonBlount 11 years ago

Congratulations Tat'yana! :-D Wonderful spotting!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago


Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 11 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD! Bee-eaters are the most beautiful birds of europe

Piali Bopanna
Piali Bopanna 11 years ago

Beautiful picture!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Beautiful shot ! Congratulations Tat'yana.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

These cute colourful birds are entertaining all bird lovers from Europe to Sri Lanka's most Eurasian terrains.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Congratulations Tat'yana Zherebtsova

achmmad 11 years ago


Arun 11 years ago

Awesome .. Cngrts Tatyana !!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Congrats... Tatyana...!!

Atul 11 years ago


Вишенское сельское поселение, Республика Крым, Ukraine

Spotted on May 24, 2011
Submitted on May 24, 2011

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