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Family: Meropidae

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Bee-eater Meropidae

The bee-eater are a group of birds in the family Meropidae, most of which species are found in Africa, with others occurring in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea.

As described by the name, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, such as bees, wasps, dragon flies and other flying insects. As such, they usually only eat prey that they catch on the wing and often ignore insects once they land.

With many of the stinging insects, the bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface such as the branch of a tree.

Common Name Scientific Name Where Found
     
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciformes
Family: Meropidae
Genera: Nyctyomis
  Meropogon
  Merops

Bee-eater Other links

Birds Australia
Conservation Through Knowledge More than just a research organisation, BA is a passionate advocate for the protection of our birds and the habitats on which they depend.

Includes information on the Rainbow Bee-eater.
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Australian Government site whose Species Profile and Threats Database is designed to provide information about species and ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Has information on the Merops ornatus Rainbow Bee-eater.
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