Most bee-eater species are found in Africa and Asia, but there are also bee-eaters in southern Europe, Australia and New Guinea. They have beautiful vibrant colors and are a magnificent sight! There are a total of 26 species of bee-eater birds. These birds are names bee-eaters because they eat flying insects, especially bees. They also like to eat ants and wasps.
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The way in which the bee-eater bird eats a bee or an insect with a stinger is interesting; after catching the bee, the bee-eaters will hit and rub the bee on a hard surface to remove the stinger and most of the venom prior to eating it.
The bee-eaters form families where the parents tend to their young. The bee-eaters also live in community where other bee-eaters sometimes help care for younger birds in the colony. This is a very unique behavior in birds.