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Interesting facts about the European bee-eater

12 April 2016

 

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  • It forms large flocks, sleeping colonially in leafy trees in groups of several hundred birds that sit shoulder to shoulder.
  • The European bee-eater skims the water surface when drinking water.
  • Foraging is done on the wing.
  • It can dive from as high as 150 m to catch flying prey.
  • It forages in bouts lasting 20 minutes at a time, and in the interval much time is spent in sunbathing on a branch of a dead tree or occasionally on the ground
  • A larger prey is carried in the hooked bill to a perch where it is beaten to a pulp. (Watch this video of such behaviour.)
  • Venomous insects like bees and wasps are rubbed against the perch first to discharge the sting venom before eating.

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