The European bee-eater – Merops apiaster is strongly migratory species of type sallyer of the Family Meropidae and the Order Coraciiformes. It is a summer breeder from NW Africa, SW Europe. and the Middle East to Central Asia, that winters in Tropical Africa. In the AWB Region it is a summer breeder to the Maghreb states, NW Libya, Turkey, S Caucasus, Iran, Cyprus, N UAE, N Oman, and the Levant. It is found on passage in most AWB Countries except Chad & Comoros.
Type - Sallyer - colonial nester, tunnels burrows into vertical sandy banks, Breeding Habitat - very cosmopolitan, but requires suitable sandy banks in which to dig their burrows Hunting Habitat - suitable elevated perches for hunting prey by sallying forth... Order: Coraciiformes Family: Meropidae Genus: Merops Species - Merops apiaster European bee-eater - Species - ebird.org European bee-eater - Species sheet - wikipedia.org European bee-eater - Card - oiseaux-birds.com European bee-eater - Species - animaldiversity.org European bee-eater - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... European bee-eater - Images - google.com European bee-eater - Video - youtube.com European bee-eater - Datazone - birdlife.org