These birds have incredible accuracy and are a pleasure to witness
Most species are found in Africa and Asia, with a handful in southern Europe, Australia, and New Guinea. Richly colored plumage, slim bodies, and often extended center tail feathers define them. All have medium-to-long, round or pointed wings and long, downward-curving bills.
Bee-eaters, as their name implies, primarily consume flying insects, particularly bees and wasps, which are captured on the wing of an open perch. By repeatedly striking and rubbing the insect against a hard surface, the stinger of the bug is removed. Pressure is given to the insect’s body during this phase, which causes the majority of the venom to discharge. This clever strategy makes these birds a delight to watch when catching their prey.
Species in this genus
Having wide distribution across Asia, the beautifully colored bee-eater avoids living near water and only migrates from areas with rainfall