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European bee-eater



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


This bird breeds in open country in warmer climates. As the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps, and hornets. They catch insects in flight, in sorties from an open perch. Before eating a bee, the European bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface.

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Machi a year ago

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Nice spotting and great information!

jasem a year ago

thank you

Mel11 a year ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Stunning shot.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Truly gorgeous! Wonderful spotting, jasem.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago


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Al Jahra, Al Jahra Governorate, Kuwait

Spotted on Apr 30, 2021
Submitted on Apr 30, 2021

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