The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater has two subspecies. The nominal one
shown here breeds across near and Central Asia, from Turkey
to Kazakhstan and India, and winters in Southern Africa.
The other subspecies breeds in North
Africa and winters in West Africa. The photos on this pages
were taken in Kazakhstan by Alexandra Makhnina.
Related to Kingfishers, Bee-eaters catch
bees (mainly) and other flying insects in flight.
The present! Courtship to show that he
will provide when she is nesting and for the young.
Synchronised. Male and female have similar plumage
with pale blue face and yellow and brown chin. Juveniles lack the long central tail
feather of the adults.
They prefer semi-desert habitat and nest
in holes in sandy banks, usually in colonies.