A bird on its nest entrance.

A bird on its nest entrance.
Species: Blue-cheeked Bee-eater   Merops persicus
Subspecies: persicus
Author: Hanne and Jens Eriksen
Added to IBC: 3 Aug 2012 - 09:27
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Published in HBW Volume 6 on page 318.
Original HBW caption:
A Blue-cheeked Bee-eater emerges from its nesting hole dug in hard sloping sandy ground. It nests most frequently in loose colonies, often sharing a site with European Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster). Tunnels vary considerably in length: generally speaking the softer the earth, the longer the tunnel. In banks or cliffs, the tunnel is nearly straight and horizontal, whereas in more level ground it declines at about 20%, ending in a nesting chamber.

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Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1004830. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1004830.

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Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1004830. Photo of Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus at Bu Baqarah, Oman. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1004830.

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