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Any of various chiefly tropical Old World birds of the family Meropidae that have brightly colored plumage and feed on bees and wasps.


(Animals) any insectivorous bird of the family Meropidae of tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World, having a long downward-curving bill and long pointed wings and tail: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)


any of numerous colorful birds of the family Meropidae, inhabiting warm regions, that feed on flying insects.


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Now, a team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Ben-Gurion-University of the Negev, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tracked the movement of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) along the Africa-Eurasia migration flyway with the help of tiny radio transmitters.
European Bee-eaters migrate through the Eilat bottleneck in both seasons in large numbers.
We have European bee-eaters, hoopoes (who make a sound like their name sounds), red legged partridges, the white ibis who do us a favour by feeding on worms and bugs along with many others to numerous to mention.

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