Red-Bearded Bee-Eater
Similar Birds:
 Blue-Bearded Bee-Eater
 Purple-Bearded Bee-Eater
 Rosy Bee-Eater
 European Bee-Eater
 Blue-Headed Bee-Eater
 White-Throated Bee-Eater
 Somali Bee Eater
 Black-Headed Bee-Eater

Red-Bearded Bee-Eater
Photographer: S King

Latin Name Nyctyomis amictus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location SE Asia
Colour Red & Green
Length - cm (- inches)
Wingspan - cm (- inches)
Weight - g (- oz)
Life Expectancy - Yrs

Main Characteristics

Red-Bearded Bee-Eaters are a large species of bee-eater. They have a long tail, a long curved beak and pointed wings. They are predominantly green in colour with red colouration on their face that extends to slightly hanging throat feathers.


Red-Bearded Bee-Eaters are found in south east Asia. They mainly inhabit openings in patches of dense forest.


Red-Bearded Bee-Eaters feed on flying insects, especially bees and wasps. They leave concealed perches and capture their prey in flight. They usually hunt alone or in pairs.


Red-Bearded Bee-Eaters nest in burrows in the sides of sandy banks. Unlike other bee-eaters, they do not nest in colonies.


There are no subspecies of the Red-Bearded Bee-Eater.

Interesting Facts

Red-Bearded Bee-Eaters belong to the Meropidae family.

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