are a group of near-passerine birds
in the family Meropidae
. Most species are found in Africa and Asia but others occur in southern Europe, Australia, and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies, and usually elongated central tail feathers. All have long downturned bills
and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar. There are 26 different species of bee-eaters.
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