Tag: Merops apiaster

A Case of Bigamy in the European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) Science Article 1 abstract This example of bigamy is interesting, because it does not fit with current hypotheses about the adaptive value of polygyny. Orians (1969) argued that females may sometimes gain by being the second female on a good territory rather than a lone female on a poor territory, and […]

Helping at the nest in European Bee-eaters: Who helps and why?

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) Science Article 6 abstract Avian cooperative breeding has been regarded as an ideal system in which to investigate the role of kin selection in the evolution of altruistic behaviour (Brown 1987). However, many studies of helping at the nest have been carried out on communally breeding species in which the costs […]

Nesting of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)in Central Europe depends on the soil characteristicsof nest sites

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) Science Article 4 abstract The European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is the rst known species of theorder Coraciiformes and the second bird species whose distribution dependson the granulometrical characteristics of soils constituting suitable banks forbreeding. The mean particle size of soil samples from bee-eater nest placeswas 42.76  13.58 m (max 66.82 […]

The European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) as anecosystem engineer in arid environments

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) Science Article 3 abstract Arid environments are fragile ecosystems where management is particularly complicated.Determining target species that contribute to understanding the functioning of suchenvironments is of basic importance. Here we assess the role of the European bee-eater, aburrow-nesting bird species, as an ecosystem engineer in arid ecosystems. We concludethat this species […]

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

[order] CORACIIFORMES | [family] Meropidae | [latin] Merops apiaster | [UK] European Bee-eater | [FR] Guepier d’Europe | [DE] Bienenfresser | [ES] Abejaruco Comun | [NL] Bijenter Subspecies Monotypic species Physical charateristics Highly distinctive with multicolored plumage. Male has black gorget, greenish-blue underparts, scapulars and rump flaxen. Long uppertail coverts the same green as tail, […]