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European Bee-eater

(Merops apiaster, gyurgyalag)

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, gyurgyalag)
Photo: Zoltan Vajda / Kiskunsag National Park

The bright, rainbow-colored European Bee-eaters breed in holes in sandpits, riverbanks and quarries. They nest in colonies, often with the Sand Martin or Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia, partifecske). They lay their eggs and raise their young in long tunnels made in the sand, sometimes measuring 6.5 feet (2 m) in length.

The Bee-eaters feed predominantly on insects, especially bees, wasps, hornets, butterflies, and dragonflies, which are caught in the air.

Migratory birds: they winter in Africa.

Strictly protected.

Source: One Year in the Kiskunsag National Park 2008 Calendar (Egy év a Kiskunsági Nemzeti Parkban 2008)


BirdGuides: European Bee-eater

European Bee-eater - BirdLife Species Factsheet

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