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Bee-eaters have brightly coloured plumages, long down-curved bills and long central tail feathers. They feed mainly, as their name suggests, on flying insects, especially bees and wasps. They nest colonially in burrows. Representatives of the family are found in all continents except Antarctica, and European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) occasionally breeds in the British Isles.

  • European Bee-eater - Andalucia © Mick Richardson

  • European Bee-eater - France © Derek Moore

  • Little Bee-eater - Tanzania © Craig Morris

  • European Bee-eater - Britain © Chris Downes

  • European Bee-eater - Britain © Chris Downes

  • European Bee-eater - Britain © Dave Tucker

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