Pest control equipments

European bee-eater

Merops apiaster

The bee-eaters are migratory birds with colorful plumage and can be found in sunny areas from Europe, North and South Africa. 

Read below and find more information.


Details

Late in autumn, the bee-eaters migrate to southern and western areas of Central Africa for winter.

In Romania, bee-eaters can be seen across the country, in quarries or clay banks, where they dig galleries for the nests.

Features

  • Multicolored plumage, easy to see and hard to confuse. The back side is browny yellow in the middle and greenish at the bottom. The crown plumage is brown. A horizontal black stripe appears around the eyes. The chin is bordered by a black stripe. The plumage on the ventral is green and an open white-yellow area appears above the beak. Big brown eyes on the sides of the head.

  • Long, black, thin, slightly curved beak and elongated neck.

  • Sharped long wings, with shades of green and brown on the outside and gray-yellow shades on the inside. The edges of the wings are black and the tail is brownish green.

  • The bee-eater legs are short, thin, with small fingers.

  • Length: about 28 cm.

  • Wingspan: about 40 cm.

  • Weight: 50 – 70 grams.

  • The bee-eaters feed with wasps and bees, but also with grasshopers, butterflies, beetles and other insects.

Behavior

The damages made by the bee-eaters in the apiaries are significant. The beekeepers are fighting hard against bee-eaters. It is said that when a bee-eater finds a nest of bees, it doesn’t leave there until it eats them all.

Did you know...

  • One bee-eater can eat up to 200 insects a day?

  • The bee-eater is one of the few birds that can look straight forward with both eyes, over the beak tip?

  • At night, bee-eaters sleep in rows, side by side, with the body straight and head held up and not down into the feathers of the shoulder, as other birds?

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