Bee Eater

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
Reference Entry
Bee Eater, a bird related to the kingfisher. It is found in Africa, India, Australia, Europe, and islands of the South Pacific. It has a slender body and a long, curved beak. It feeds not only on bees, but also on other insects. It catches its prey in midair. The European bee eater, which reaches a length of 11 inches (28 cm), nests in Europe and winters in Africa. It has a yellow throat and rump, a chestnut body and head, and iridescent blue-green patches on the wings, tail, and breast. The European bee eater nests in colonies on riverbanks. The birds dig a burrow in the riverbank; the female then lays two to eight eggs in a chamber at the end of the burrow. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the young.


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