Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Meropidae
        Scientific Name : Merops Orientalis

                      Size(H) : 16cm - 18cm 
                                       (6.2in - 7in)
                       Weight : 15g - 20g 
                                       (0.5oz - 0.7oz)
                Wing Span : 29cm - 30cm 
                                       (11.4in - 11.8in)
                  Life Span : 12 - 18 years

                       Colour : Green, Orange, Blue, 
                                        Brown, Yellow,
                                        Black, White
                  Skin Type : Feathers
 Distinctive Features : Long curved beak 
                                      and bright green
  1. Green Bee-Eaters are small bee-eater birds that are found in parts of Africa and Asia.
  2. There are 26 species of birds in the group of bee-eater birds and the Green Bee-Eater is one of them.
  3. They inhabit the grasslands, open forests, lowland plains and also the Himalayas.
  4. They are small sized birds often growing to be around 18cm long.
  5. Distinctively, they have bright green plumage and attractive tail feathers which are long.
  6. They have a long, narrow and sharp black beak which is perfect for catching flying insects.
  7. They often roost communally in large numbers and are seen in small groups usually.
  8. As their name suggests, they mainly feed on honey bees and other bees and occasionally on fruits, berries and other insects.
  9. Their natural predators are large birds of prey, small mammals and reptiles.
  10. They breed between the months of May and June in and the females lay around 5 eggs.
  11. The eggs hatch after 14 days of incubation by both the parents and also others.
  12. The green Bee-Eater chicks are looked after by their parents, till they fledge in a months’ time.
  13. The green bee-eaters dig tunnels in the sandy banks and nest there.
  14. Habitat loss and decline in bee population could be the biggest threats to the green bee-eater.

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