Bee-eaters eat bees, mostly honey bees, other venomous (poisonous) insects such as wasps, as well as ants, sawflies, and other flying insects. A few species eat large insects, small lizards on the ground, and small fish. They find bees near their hives or around flowering trees and herbs. Most bee-eaters catch their prey in a "sit-and-wait" position, sitting on a perch, finding likely prey, and chasing them down in flights that might cover distances from 150 to 180 feet (50 to 60 meters). They normally return to their perch in order to consume food.

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