European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster
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."