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European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster

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Common name: European Bee-eater

Scientific name: Merops apiaster

Accession number: 144

Materials: Watercolour on paper

When painted: 1831-1841

"They feed upon insects, especially bees, which they pursue much in the manner of swallows ; their flight being rapid, and light, but less devious or wavering than that of these birds, and when on wing they utter a rich warbling chirp."

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