Although ‘Bee-Eater’ is also a wonderful segment of nature, yet they’re always on the lowest priority lists of the wildlife authorities. There are 26 species of Bee-Eaters in the world, most of which are found in Africa. However, the farmlands, woodlands, plains and forests of Pakistan are also the dwelling places of 4 kinds of Bee-Eaters. Rapid but ill-planned urban development is causing the environmental changes and the natural habitats of these brilliant birds are also being baly affected. Currently the bee-eaters in Pakistan are not considered threatened but they can face an alarming situation very soon due to the quick elimination of flying insects and the loss of their nesting sites. The agricultural settlements are being established in the country side areas of Pakistan at a very fast pace and that would ultimately dismay the water balance of these areas. Therefore the flora and fauna of such areas is also under huge threat upon which the bee-eaters are mainly dependent Bee-eaters are also mainly threatened by the hunters and the bee-farmers who kill them illegally. The Bee-eaters in Pakistan need to be declared as protected species.
1. Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis
2 – Blue-cheeked Bee-eater – Merops persicus
3- Blue-tailed Bee-eater – Merops philippinus
4- European Bee-eater – Merops apiaster