Bee-eater, European


Name: Bee-eater, European

Scientific name: Merops apiaster

Type: Bee-eater

Color: Blue,Brown,Yellow

Habitat: Cities,Fields

Size: 30cm

Conservation status:

Passage Migrant


Easily distinguished by combination of chestnut crown, bright yellow throat contrasting with turquoise-blue underparts and, in adult, by chestnut back and upperwing-coverts. In flight, shows paler, grey underwings. Juvenile has more greenish upperparts, but still shows chestnut crown and yellow throat; central tail-feathers very short or lacking. Migrates in flocks, often passing high overhead, revealed by calls. Hunts insects in flight.

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