bee-eater


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bee-eat·er

(bē′ē′tər)
n.
Any of various chiefly tropical Old World birds of the family Meropidae that have brightly colored plumage and feed on bees and wasps.

bee-eater

n
(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)

bee′-eat`er



n.
any of numerous colorful birds of the family Meropidae, inhabiting warm regions, that feed on flying insects.
[1660–70]
Translations

bee-eater

n (Orn) → Bienenfresser m
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The total number of birds observed in Cyprus during the day was 3,666 with the most numerous species observed being the Barn Swallow (over 2000 individuals, mainly at Akrotiri Peninsula) followed by the Bee-eater and the Red-rumped swallow, BirdLife said.
For the second successive Monday, a Dotterel was on the Great Orme, while more elusive was a Bee-eater heard over Conwy town last Friday.
Hanson UK's senior sustainability manager Martin Crow said: "We often have to cordon off areas in our quarries where sand martins and little ringed plovers are breeding, but a bee-eater sighting was a surprise to us all.
Finally, some of the silhouettes are odd--the tails of the harriers and kites appear long, and the bodies of the Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) and Laughing Doves (Streptopelia senegalensis) are too heavy.
It should also be noted that Morton focuses on a 'you are there' approach to describing the twins' journeys and experiences: thus readers will also find themselves immersed in the sights, sounds, and experiences that make up Moonfall's world: "Rachav awakened to the piercing whistle of a bee-eater.
The Lower Zambezi offers guests an unrivalled chance of seeing water birds including goliath herons, and South Luangwa offers fantastic carmine bee-eater viewing, as their colonies use the river-banks to nest from September time.
Bright flashes of neon orange and yellow are a familiar sight in the Galilee Basin these days, though they are not the markings of the Yellow-throated Miner, a honeyeater native to Queensland, or the Rainbow Bee-eater, another long-time resident of the area.
The Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), terns (Sterna hirundo and Sterna albifrons), sand martins (Riparia riparia) herons, gulls and duck species all rely on the area s mixed habitat features.
In spring, the brilliant Little Green Bee-eater graces the skies and perches on phone and electricity wires.
A Bee-eater flew over Cemlyn where the now rare Roseate Tern also popped in briefly at the bustling colony.
The Carmine Bee-eater bird influenced his final collection with sumptuous pink and orange floaty dresses and panelled bodices mirroring wings and flight.
Residents found the migratory common European bee-eater with a leg ring stamped "Israel".