The bee-eaters are near passerine birds of the family Meropidae,
containing three genera and twenty-seven species. Most species are found
in Africa and Asia, with a few in southern Europe, Australia, and New
Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage and slender
bodies, and usually by elongated central tail feathers. All have long
down-turned bills and medium to long wings, which may be pointed or
round. They predominantly eat flying insects, caught on the wing from an
open perch. Most bee-eaters are gregarious, forming colonies and nesting
in burrows. The eggs are white, with typically five to the clutch. Most
species are monogamous, and both parents care for the young, sometimes
with assistance from related birds in the colony. Bee-eaters may be
killed by raptors; their nests are raided by rodents and snakes, and
they can carry various parasites. Some species are adversely affected by
human activity or habitat loss, but none are threatened.
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