Swallow-tailed bee-eater

Swallow-tailed bee-eater

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Credit: TONY CAMACHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Swallow-tailed bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) with a dragonfly or damselfly in its beak. When this bird catches an insect, it beats it repeatedly against a hard surface as a defence against a possible sting (as found in bees and wasps). It then swallows the insect head first. Photographed in South Africa, in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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