Twenty seven species of bee-eaters are known worldwide. With slender bodies, bee-eaters are extremely agile. Often catching flying insects on the wing, bees and wasps are their favourite. Butterflies and cicadas are often given the same treatment as bees and wasps – these are whacked against their perch. Often butterflies lose their wings in the process. Shown here are only six species.

Blue-throated Bee-eaters (Sentosa)

Blue-tailed Bee-eaters (Seletar Aerospace)

Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters (Khao Yai, Thailand)

Green Bee-eaters (Pak Chong, Thailand)

Blue-bearded Bee-eaters (KKC, Thailand)

Red-bearded Bee-eaters (KKC, Thailand)

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