French: Guêpier d’Europe German: Bienenfresser Spanish: Abejaruco europeo
NW Africa (Morocco E to Libya) and SW Europe (Iberia) E to W Russia and C & SW Asia (E to L Balkhash and L Zaysan, in Kazakhstan), S to Afghanistan and Oman; also S Namibia and South Africa. Winters at lower latitudes in tropical Africa.
28 cm (with streamers, up to 2·5 cm more); 44–78 g. Highly distinctive with multicoloured plumage. Male has chestnut cap and mantle, yellow throat with black... read more
Quite vocal. Typical call is a distinctive, mellow, liquid and burry “prreee” or “prruup”,... read more
In Europe, broad river valleys, pasture and cultivated land with shelter-belts and scattered trees... read more
Food and feeding
Diets have been studied repeatedly in great detail in many countries in Europe in relation to foraging energetics, in Asia in relation to... read more
Lays in May–Jun in Europe, from Apr in NW Africa, in Jun–Jul in Uzbekistan, and in Oct–Nov in South Africa. Pair-members... read more
All populations migratory. Spanish and French birds fly via Strait of Gibraltar down Moroccan... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common and widespread over much of its range. On basis of density estimates in Hungary and counts of autumn migrants at... read more
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