European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

Bee eater merops apiaster (2)

European bee-eaters are very colourful, incredible beautiful birds.

At the beginning of May they return from Africa, where they winter. They eat insects (especially bees, wasps, butterflies and dragonflies).

Bee eater merops apiaster (3)
Bee-eaters are 28 cm long, under 70 gr weight and have a wingspan of about 40 cm.

Bee eater merops apiaster (4)They live in large colonies. After they return from Africa, they dig tunnels in clay banks and make their nests inside. At the beginning of August, their chicks learn how to fly and how to catch insects.

Bee eater merops apiaster (1)

After yellowhammers, bee-eaters are my favourites birds.
Since I was a kid I know their calls even if, at that time, I had no idea how they were looking like.

I think this is a juvenile bird because I noticed that adult birds have two elongated central tail feathers.

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15 thoughts on “European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

    1. Indeed, gorgeous birds.
      They are so interesting! Sadly, we have them here only for about 4 and a half months. But I see them only in August when they bring their chicks on field near our village and catch insects.

    1. Thank you.
      It’s the beauty of nature to have some species only in some areas of the Earth. And so, it’s interesting for me to see new birds in your posts, it’s interesting for you to see birds which you don’t have there in my posts (and on other blogs).

    1. Thank you.

      Oh, how glad I was a few years ago when I photographed them for the firs time!! Even if those are poor photos, I still like them because they treasure my very first encounters with them!

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