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Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) - HBW 6, p. 339

French: Guêpier d’Europe German: Bienenfresser 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.