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Bee-eater

Bee-eater is one of the most colorful birds of our fauna. A bottom of its body is blue-green and on a top you can mainly see red and orange although there are some green and blue shades there. Under a beak you can see vast yellow stain, and a black stripe crosses a red eye.
Flight is swift and similar to swallow’s: bird flies straight and suddenly goes up or dive fast, sometimes stops in the flight flittering like Kestrel. Birds alight on wires or on twigs, fly up loudly again following one after another. In the evening Bee-eaters crying loudly fly to nearest groves, gardens or to plantations of trees or bushes along rivers and irrigation channels where they spend a night.
How to recognize young from adult?
Young bee-eater is much less bright and smaller than adults. Chicks do not have longer middle feathers in their tails either.
What do they eat?
Mostly they eat insects caught in a flight. They usually hunt for bees, wasps and humble-bees and occasionally coleopters and dragonflies. Every day during feeding period they have to catch insects equal to mass of 225 bees.
Bee-eaters’s nest
Bee-eater looks for open areas with diversified landscape, often close to rivers or other water reservoirs. They are building nests on clay scarps, where they dig a hole ended with a breeding chamber. Close to main hole Bee-eaters dig additional so-called «false» holes. Bee-eaters like to socialize and live usually in stocks helping each other to raise their chicks together.
Wintering
Wintering sites of bee-eaters are located in Africa, south of Sahara desert.
Distribution of Bee-eaters in Uzbekistan
Bee-eater in Uzbekistan is migratory and breeding specie. During nesting season it’s widely distributed in our country. In the presence of appropriate biotopes the specie is breeding everywhere in Uzbekistan.

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