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Alternate name
Merops apiaster Scientific name 
Coraciiformes Order
Meropidae Family   
 25cm                     Length
Temperate forest & grassland, dry savanna & shrubland, often near fresh water, in:- Acores Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Belarus Belgium Benin Bosnia Botswana Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Corse Cote d'Ivoire Crete Croatia Cyprus Democratic Rep. of Congo Denmark Djibouti Egypt England Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Guinea Guinea-Bissau Greece Hungary Iceland India Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Liberia Libya Lithuania Malawi Mali Malta Mauritania Moldova Morocco Mozambique Namibia Netherlands Niger Nigeria Oman Pakistan Portugal Qatar Romania Rwanda Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia and Montenegro Seychelles Sicilia Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Swaziland Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Togo Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Wales Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Habitat-Altitude-Range
5 to 8 White eggs Europe, Clutch  
Flying insects which it hawks from a perch. wasps, bees and hornets form a large part of their diet. Food   Diet
1178 World Number

Least Concern



view photos Photo June 21, 2007 by Jose Viana all rights reserved 

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European Bee-eater song
(Merops apiaster)
David Farrow XC37536
11-5-2007, Uzbekistan


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