This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the amazingly colourful European Bee-Eater.
European bee-eaters are migratory birds. Generally found in Europe and Asia over the summer months, they wing it south to Africa for the autumn and winter. They make their nests near supplies of fresh water, such as creeks, rivers, and lakes.
European Bee-Eater Trivia
Why they’re threatened
While not listed as endangered—or even as vulnerable—the numbers of this particular bee-eater species is on the decline.
The use of pesticides on plants poses a serious risk to these birds, as it affects their supply of food. Other threats include habitat loss due to the transformation of rivers into canals, and hunting for food or sport.