Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Bee-eaters :: European Bee-eater

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Eurasian Bee-eater, Golden Bee-eater, Bee-eater
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Puyenbroek, Wachtebeke, Belgium - Jun 6, 2002 © Yves Baptiste  Puyenbroek, Wachtebeke, Belgium - Jun 16, 2002 © Yves Baptiste  Puyenbroek, Wachtebeke, Belgium - Jun 16, 2002 © Yves Baptiste  Natural Reserve of the Sado Estuary, Portugal - Jul 5, 2002 © Jose Viana  Anneyron, Drome, Rhone-Alpes, France - Jun 16, 2002 © Pascal Dubois 
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W. Europe and nw. Africa to c. Asia. S. Africa;
Two widely separated populations;
S. Europe in the n. Mediterranean Basin from Portugal, Spain, s. France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, Hungary and on most islands s. to North Africa in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and nw. Libya. Then e. through Turkey, wc. and s. Russia to the Aral Sea region, Kazakhstan, Turkestan, the Near East, Iraq, Iran, ne. Arabia, Afghanistan, w. Pakistan, n. India (Kashmir) and ex. sw. Siberia (Altai). Sporadic breeding occurs n. to n. France, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, c. Russia and probably Finland. European and Asian birds winter in Africa s. to South Africa (Cape Town). A small population occasionally breeds in Namibia and South Africa.
Winters n. in c. Africa from 15 S. n. to the Equator and w. India.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Dutch Birding Association
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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