Sunday, December 8, 2013

Creature Feature #53: Bee-Eater

This colourful and charming bird derives its name from, of course, its diet, which consists mainly of insects - especially bees and wasps. To catch this dangerous diet, he snatches the bee from the air, smacking it and rubbing it repeatedly against the branch to extract the stinger. Most prey is captured in flight, with the bird selecting a perch and using it to watch and wait. These perches can be branches, telegraph wires or sometimes even the back of a larger bird (bustard) or animal. If the prey insect lands on the ground, it is generally ignored.

No comments: