European Bee-eater - A Feast For Eyes
The European Bee-eater (scientific name Merops apiaster) has found the Foce dell'Isonzo Regional Nature Reserve by Staranzano (Italy) an ideal environment for its settlement. It is a beautiful, small bird of African origin, which has been breeding at Cona for only a few years.
It is an insect predator, has bright colors, a blue breast, a yellow throat, a reddish-bronze back and a black face mask extending from its beak to its eyes. On the wings there are various shades ranging from orange, green, ochre and dark blue. The beak, curved downwards, is also black while the iris is purplish red. In short, a feast for eyes!
Below you can see a male European Bee-eater while observing the flying insects nearby.
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