Abejarucos europeos

Paco Guerrero Roldán



Merops apiaster




The european bee-eater or common bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a sort of bird cuirass-shaped of the Meropidae family who lives in Eurasia and Africa. It is characterized by its polychromatic’s plumage. It mesures between 25 and 29 cm long, it weights between 50 and 70 gr and has a winspan of 36-40 cm. It lives from 5 to 10 years. It is an unmistakeble bird because of their numerous colours: blue chest, green belly, cinnamon head and yellow neck. Its beak is typical of an insectivourous bird: long, slim and slightly curved. In 1890, the naturalits Edward Wright carried out a study about this bird’s colouring. He concluded that all the colours but red were present in its plumage; red was not in its feathers, but it was in the adult males’ eyes.







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