Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bee-eaters and a quiet morning at "El Fonduco"

 The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is a long distance migrator, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka.

This is one of the most spectacular birds, by the color of their plumage, which can be found in Menorca.
The bee-eaters are gregarious, and always travel in groups that can become numerous.
They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 8, spherical white eggs are laid around the beginning of June on sandy slopes. Cala Tirant and Sa Mesquida are well known nesting sites.

Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects like bees, vesps, dragonflies but lizzards and froggs too.

El Fonduco.

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