European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) - HBW 6, p. 339
French: Guêpier d’Europe
Spanish: Abejaruco Europeo
Other common names: Golden/Eurasian Bee-eater
Taxonomy: Merops Apiaster Linnaeus, 1758, southern Europe.
Relationships unclear. Monotypic.
Distribution: NW Africa (Morocco E to Libya) and SW Europe (Iberia) E to W Russia and C & SW Asia (E to L Balkhash and L Zaysan in Kazakhstan), S to Afghanistan and Oman; also S Namibia and South Africa. Winters at lower latitudes in tropical Africa.
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VideosSee all 90 videos
Activity around a nest entrance. 2 minutes summary of 15 minutes of frantic activity feeding the young, just before dusk. Locality Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain
Juan Sanabria 1 July 2012 32 weeks ago 2 min 6 sec 4.4
A close view of a male. Locality El Burgo de Ebro, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (Monotypic species)
Jesús Laborda 12 May 2011 1 year ago 17 sec 4.4
A copulating pair. Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain
Jeremiusz Trzaska 2 June 2011 1 year ago 36 sec 4.4
An adult perched on a branch with a dragonfly, and then with another insect, in its beak Locality Perefort, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (Monotypic species)
Raül Aymí 9 years ago 30 sec 4.4
An adult feeding on a dragonfly Locality Grevenbroich, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Monotypic species)
Helmut Sütsch 5 July 2004 7 years ago 29 sec 4.4
a bird struggling with a dragonfly (Anax imperator) Locality Lower Austria, Austria (Monotypic species)
Andreas Gruber 24 July 2011 1 year ago 2 min 29 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 104 photos
Bee-eater with a butterfly victim.
Locality Lublin Province, Poland (Monotypic species)
Paweł Wacławik 2 July 2006 3 years ago 4.6
Pair about to mate
Locality Decima Malafede Nature Reserve, Roma, Lazio Region, Italy
Marco Valentini 9 May 2013 6 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.5
Adult resting on branch with 2nd landing
Locality Andalucia, Spain
Simon Littlejohn 1 May 2008 2 years ago 4.5
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 22 April 2010 3 years ago 4.5
A male feeding a female.
Locality La Cartuja Baja, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (Monotypic species)
Jesús Laborda 27 May 2012 47 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Madrid, Spain
jorgerubio 15 April 2006 4 years ago 4.4