Meropidae – Bee-eaters

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) by Ian

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) by Ian

In that day the LORD will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. (Isaiah 7:18 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CORACIIFORMES, Family – Meropidae – Bee-eaters

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Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) by Peter Ericsson – Video
Blue-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis athertoni) ©Gruisen – Video
Purple-bearded Bee-eater (Meropogon forsteni) by PeterEricsson – Video
Black-headed Bee-eater (Merops breweri) IBC
Blue-headed Bee-eater (Merops muelleri)Video
Blue-moustached Bee-eater (Merops mentalis) IBC
Black Bee-eater (Merops gularis) ©WikiC – Video
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) by Africaddict – Video by Keith
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) by Ian – Video (below by KeithB)
Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Merops variegatus)Video
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater (Merops oreobates) by TTarrant – Video
Red-throated Bee-eater (Merops bulocki)Video by Keith
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) by Bob-Nan – Video by Keith
Somali Bee-eater (Merops revoilii) ©Flickr – Video
White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) ©Flickr – Video
Böhm’s Bee-eater (Merops boehmi) ©WikiC – Video
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) by Nikhil Devasar – Video
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus) by Nikhil Devasar – Video
Olive Bee-eater (Merops superciliosus) by Bob-Nan – Video
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) by Ian – Video
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) by Ian – Video by NickTalbot- Photo
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis) by Ray – Video
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) by NikhilD – Video
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) by ClementFrancis – Video
Rosy Bee-eater (Merops malimbicus) IBC
Northern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus) ©WikiC
Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides) by Africaddict
Video of Little Bee-eater by Keith Blomerley of a bird sitting on a barb wire.


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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
Clement Francis Bird Photography
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Nick Talbot – Videographer
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Peter Ericsson’s Gallery
Ray’s Wildlife Photography

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The bee-eaters are a group of near-passerine birds in the family Meropidae. Most species are found in Africa and Asia but others occur in southern Europe, Australia, and New Guinea. They are characterized by richly colored plumage, slender bodies, and usually elongated central tail feathers. All have long down turned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar. There are 27 different species of bee-eaters.

As the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat flying insects, especially bees and wasps, which are caught in the air by sallies from an open perch. While they pursue any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet. Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps) comprise from 20% to 96% of all insects eaten, with honey bees comprising approximately one-third of the Hymenoptera. (Wikipedia with editing)

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