Chestnut-headed Bee-eater catching insects

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A pair of Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) was documented by Adrian Lim a.k.a. wmw998 in Penang, Malaysia recently. They were catching insects to feed their nestlings deep inside a burrow.

The image above shows the pair, of which one has a dragonfly in its bill. The image on the left shows one of the bee-eaters with a bee. Images of these birds with dragonflies are common. Not so with bees.

The young chicks need lots of protein during their growing phase and these insects help.

Images by Adrian Lim.

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