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|OTHER WILD BIRD STORIES
Bird Watching Stories
(Go Back to Wild Bird Page Contents)
|» No Barbeque this Summer|
|» Barn Swallow "Mama"|
|» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?|
|» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica|
|» Just Another Golden Eagle|
| » Four Birds in One Tree:
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
|» Four Calling Birds???|
|» A Very Unique Cardinal|
|» Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
|» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet|
|» The Ever-Popular Chickadee|
|» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw|
|» Barrel Cactus Confrontation|
|» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...|
|» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch|
|» The Best Mimic?|
|» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
|» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?|
|» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me|
|» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon|
|» Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
| » A Rare and Unusual Bird
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
|» Raven Showoffs|
|» Reddish Egrets and Canopy Feeding|
|» Robins and Worms
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
|» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher|
|» Hospital Hallucinations|
|» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings?|
|» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder|
|» Aransas in the Fog:
|» Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash|
|» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber|
|THE COLORFUL, GREGARIOUS BEE EATERS
|Just how does a Bird Eat Bees?|
Predominately found in Africa, bee eaters are a colorful family of birds (Meropidae) that also can be found in Asia, Australia, New Guinea, with one species in Europe. There are 26 species of gregarious birds in this family. They usually live in colonies and nest in burrows along sandy river banks. The European bee-eater lives in southern Europe and rarely can be found as far north as Great Britain. Bee eaters are all very colorful birds and their long slender beaks allow them to catch insects, especially bees.
Like many birds, the bee-eaters feed on flying insects. Like our flycatchers, they sit on a perch and when they see possible prey they go after it on the wing. Obviously one of their most common foods are bees and wasps. So how do they keep from being stung? They catch a bee from the front and then land with it and beat it repeatedly on a hard surface until the bee releases its stinger. Then it is safe for the bee-eater to swallow.