The bee-eaters are birds , Meropidae is their family.
From my observations, I understood that they love warm temperatures, but not too hot. In fact I see, they arrive here around end of April and leave our places before July.
Then, I have seen several of them in July at Principina a mare (sea village near Grosseto, where I have spent my holidays when my son was small) . I suppose they move to the sea side because the sea breeze.
So I learn that most species are from Africa and Asia but others from the South of Europe, Australia, and New Guinea.
They are particularly beautiful since their colored plumage. The colours I could see are: yellow, green, red and turquoise.
Winds and tail are pointed and they are to swallows (even if bee-eater is bigger), Their bills are probing.
I knew that there are 26 different species of bee-eaters.
As their name tells us, they eat flying insect, basically bees !
They are gregarious and mainly monogamous (what a love ! ).
They arrive here, to my garden, 3 years ago.
Before that summer, they lived a couple of km far away and I was very invidious . It was so beautiful to see them while flying !
Now a part of them moved to me. I sit down under a tree and for a instant, I forget everything and everybody.