Red-bearded Bee-eater

The Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) is a species of bird found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-east Asia. Its natural habitat is open patches of dense forest. It nests in burrows tunneled into the side of sandy banks. It does not form colonies.

Like other bee-eaters, the Red-bearded Bee-eater is colorful and has a long tail. Its beak is curved downward and it has pointed wings. It is mostly green, with red coloration to the face that extends on to the throat feathers that form the “beard”.

Its main diet consists of insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets. It catches its food in flight from a perch concealed in foliage. It hunts in pairs or alone, but never in flocks. The Red-bearded Bee-eater can sit motionless for long periods of time while waiting for its prey.

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