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Little Green Bee-eater

Merops orientalis

Common resident

Not found at Neolithic WF16

The Little Green Bee-eater inhabits open country, including semi-deserts, wadis, and gardens. It nests by digging either a hole in the ground or a tunnel into an earthen bank. As its name suggests, it hunts larger insects, including dragonflies, butterflies, and wasps, often working in pairs and using a low perch.

In Wadi Faynan they can regularly be seen atop the power lines, scanning for insects near the ground. Their bright green feathers make them easy to spot amongst the desert landscape. The Little Green Bee-eater will often roost in groups of four to eight birds in the breeding season and will also bathe in the sand to remove parasites from its plumage.


Image credit: ‘Little Green Bee-eater’ by Fares Khoury from Jordan BirdWatch