Red heart, blue head
The Northern Carmine Bee-eater is a brave and clever bird. These traits are echoed in its red heart, blue head. That’s a winning combination.
The Northern Carmine Bee-eater rides on the back of large mammals like Zebra and large birds like the Kori Bustard, waiting for insects to feed on. Out in the open, it is vulnerable to attack from birds of prey flying high above. However, it repeatedly takes the risk, as the moving perch on offer provides a great feeding position. Being bold brings more feeding opportunities. Bravery pays off.
As its name would suggest, the Carmine Bee-eater has a diet that mostly consists of bees. That brings with it a practical problem. How does the Bee-eater avoid being stung every time it needs to eat?
The Carmine Bee-eater has a cool-headed solution. Once it catches a bee in its beak, it rubs the bee’s sting away on a nearby branch, before safely eating the bee.
The Carmine Bee-eater is a brave and clever bird. The The Northern Carmine Bee-eater is the red heart, blue head bird.