Merops apiaster

Bee-Eater, European Bee-eater


This is the species record for Merops apiaster which is generally accepted as the lowest biological taxon or classification for this form of life. The record is generally titled using the binomial, or two-part name, constructed from the genus; Merops, the first part and the species; apiaster, the second part. However things are never that straight forward and variation within the species can add subspecies (in the case of zoology) and variety, sub variety and formae (in the case of botany) to the later part of the binomial name in order to determine an exact classification.

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Additional information about Merops apiaster from our database


Common Name(s)

Bee-Eater, European Bee-eater

Genus Synonyms

Species Synonyms


UK Status


Species Citation/Source

Linnaeus, 1758

Taxonomic status of Merops apiaster

The table below shows the main taxonomic groups to which Merops apiaster belongs


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Specific range of Merops apiaster in the British Isles

Much of the Flora and Fauna of the British Isles is found in abundance throughout the entire nation however some species are more particular in their habitat requirement. Where specific information is available Merops apiaster can be observed in the following locations. These fall into two classifications (i) Specific Areas or (ii) Nature Reserves, National Parks or other associated attractions.

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Specific Location




Image of Merops apiaster

 Bee-Eater, European Bee-eater 

An image of Bee-Eater, European Bee-eater from the Flora and Fauna database of the British Towns and Villages Network (

A print of the Bee Eater by A.F. & C. Lydon from the Sketch-Book of British Birds by R. Bowlder Sharpe LL.D.,FLS. published in 1898 


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Image of Merops apiaster


An image of Bee-eater from the Flora and Fauna database of the British Towns and Villages Network (

A watercolour image by William Foster published in 1910 of Merops apiaster also known as Bee-eater 


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