European Bee-Eater

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European bee-eater
Bee-eater.
Merops apiaster, Linn.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library, the Internet Archive

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The European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a bird in the family Meropidae. It is a migratory species, with brightly-colored feathers. As its name suggests, the European bee-eater feeds mostly on flying insects and more particularly on honeybees. The author describes it as a somewhat rare straggler to our islands from the south.

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