Two individuals perched on a branch, one of them stretching the wing.

Two individuals perched on a branch, one of them stretching the wing.
Species: Blue-cheeked Bee-eater   Merops persicus
Subspecies: persicus
Author: Hanne and Jens Eriksen
Added to IBC: 2 Aug 2012 - 10:22
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Altitude (m): 
908 meters


Published in HBW Volume 6 on page 300.
Original HBW caption:
As these two Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters sit in the late evening sun, one of them is caught in the midst of its pre-roosting comfort routine. Stretching is often accompanied by a bout of preening, in which the bird uses its bill to sort through the plumage, searching for any dirt, dead skin or parasites, and checking that the feathers are in tip-top condition. Preening is a vital part of normal body-care behaviour for all birds. Allopreening, with one bird preening another, has never been observed in bee-eaters.

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Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1004737. Accessible at

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Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1004737. Photo of Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus at Jebel Hafeet, Oman. Accessible at

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