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Bee-eater bird

Bee-eater birds are brightly coloured, fast and fierce. They get their name from their ability to catch bees, wasps and other flying insects in mid-air, using their long, down-curved beaks.

In this clip we will see how a flock of bee-eaters cleverly uses a passing elephant to help them get some tasty insects to munch on.


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Credit: BBC One – Planet Earth II

Literacy idea

Write a set of instructions for a bee-eater bird on how to catch insects, using the technique in the video.

For example:

  1. Look out for a large animal, such as an elephant.
  2. Wait until it is walking through some long grass where insects might be hiding.

Wider curriculum idea

Choose your favourite image of a bee-eater bird from animals.sandiegozoo.org and draw it as accurately as possible. Use colours if you can!