Bee Eater, a bird related to the kingfisher. It is found in Africa, India, Australia, Europe, and islands of the South Pacific. It has a slender body and a long, curved beak. It feeds not only on bees, but also on other insects. It catches its prey in midair. The European bee eater, which reaches a length of 11 inches (28 cm), nests in Europe and winters in Africa. It has a yellow throat and rump, a chestnut body and head, and iridescent blue-green patches on the wings, tail, and breast. The European bee eater nests in colonies on riverbanks. The birds dig a burrow in the riverbank; the female then lays two to eight eggs in a chamber at the end of the burrow. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the young.

Bee eaters belong to the family Meropidae. The European bee eater is Merops apiaster.

The European bee eaterThe European bee eater is iridescent blue-green with yellow and brown patches.