from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly tropical Old World birds of the family Meropidae that have brightly colored plumage and feed on bees and wasps.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various brightly-coloured, insectivorous, near-passerine birds in the family Meropidae, especially the European bee-eater, Merops apiaster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bird of the genus Merops, that feeds especially on bees. The European species (Merops apiaster) is remarkable for its brilliant colors.
- n. An African bird of the genus Rhinopomastes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which eats bees, as a bird; an apiaster.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. colorful chiefly tropical Old World bird having a strong graceful flight; feeds on especially bees
Here is a video of a blue-bearded bee-eater sitting in a tree in dense forest, looking alert, but it is not doing much else filmed in India: You are invited to review all of the daily mystery birds by going to their dedicated graphic index page.
Although mainly foraging using aerial sallies, the blue-bearded bee-eater also gleans insects from tree bark.
The blue-bearded bee-eater exploits the defensive behavior exhibited by giant honey bees, Apis dorsata, by deliberately provoking guard bees to defend their nest.
Response: This is an adult blue-bearded bee-eater, Nyctyornis athertoni.
Blue-bearded bee-eater, Nyctyornis athertoni formerly, Alcemerops athertonii; protonym, Merops athertoni also sometimes known as the blue-necked bee-eater, photographed in Thailand.
Mystery bird: Blue-cheeked bee-eater, Merops persicus
Several species of bee-eater and kingfisher are present along the rivers.
Above it were the roller and bee-eater and hoopoe, all fabulously Mediterranean with hot aureate colors that were not, even in the late 1960s, permitted in Britain yet, except under license to the kingfisher.
Blue-tailed bee-eater ( '' Merops Philippinus '') (Photograph by Rahula Perera)
A high rate of endemics, such as the purple-bearded bee-eater, with green wings and a purple chest, which is found only on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.