Sunday, 15 March 2015

Green Bee Eater

The Riot of colors, bright green with tinted blue, the bird is rich colored and found in grasslands and thin scrub forest. They prey on insects, more upon flying insects. Green bee eaters hunt from a perch, repetitively flying and perching from the same perch. They are abundant have a wide geographic range. Breeds in open land and bushes. Before swallowing prey, a bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch.

They are seen in a small groups and roost in a large group (few hundreds), by hugging each other in a line on a branch. They are often found taking mud bath to clean feathers.

This fellow in image was preening to keep his feathers in top condition. Almost all birds have a this behavior called preening. Its your luck if you see birds while they are preening. They show up their feathers and the rich color for your joy!

Why do birds preen -

1. To keep parasites at bay from its body.
2. To remove dirt, twigs etc from feathers.
3. To align the feathers the way it should be (Dressing-up)
4. To spread wax like substance to water-proof them self.

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