Eurasian Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
aka European Bee-eater

Eurasian Bee-eaters are small, 11" (28cm) birds, with an array of colours that outshines its nearest African counterpart, the Little Bee-eater. Its back is a mix of greens and blues (turning golden yellow during breeding) and underparts are greenish-blue. A short, white forehead, with a chestnut brown crown and mantle. The face has a black mask through the eye, below which, a yellow throat with a slim black line beneath. Bright red eyes complete the spectrum of colours.

Eurasian Bee-eaters make dashing flights after food and are gregarious birds, typically migrating in voluble flocks, calling "brrut ~ brrut" to each other.

Eurasian Bee-eaters hawk bees, wasps and dragonflies on the wing.

Eurasian Bee-eaters are resident in Kenya from October to April, although this can vary, according to weather patterns. Seen all over Kenya, up to 2,000 metres. A few stay in west and central Kenya over winter.

Extra Eurasian Bee-eater Facts
Eurasian Bee-eaters can eat as many as 250 bees in a day, removing the sting by hitting the bee against a branch.

Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.

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Eurasian Bee-eater ~ Perched

A Eurasian Bee-eater, perched in a bush in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.