Order Coraciiformes

Family Meropidae

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  • Medium-sized, brightly coloured birds, with long, decurved bill, medium to long wings, short legs and many with tail-streamers.
  • Old World.
  • Open areas, forest edge and clearings, in warm climates.
  • 16-35 cm.
  • 3 genera, 31 species, 52 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2018). Bee-eaters (Meropidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52274 on 20 March 2018).