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Eating venomous insects and other self-care tips for Blue-tailed bee-eaters

Wilpattu National Park

Fun Facts

Spend at least 10% of your day as a Blue-tailed bee-eater on self-care activities, which gives you a better chance of survival! These include sunbathing, dust-bathing and good ol’ fashioned water bathing. Catching those morning rays helps warm you up, which conserves energy in the annoying struggle to raise body temperature at night! It also helps flush out parasites in your feathers, so you can ‘nit-pick’ your troubles down to 0!

Trying to eat your daily venomous insect snack without getting seriously injured again? It’s so easy you can (read: have to) do it with your eyes closed! First, dash your snack on a branch, then close your eyes and rub it down to discharge the venom sac and stinger. It’s that easy!

Did you know?

Ancient Egyptians believed that bee-eaters contained medicinal properties, and used to prescribe the ‘ointment’ of bee-eater fat, as well as smoke from charred bee-eater legs!


Blue-tailed bee-eaters usually forage in open habitats near freshwater as well as coasts, but they prefer to roost in tall trees inland, as well as in mangroves across the island. However, you are more likely to spot a Blue-tailed Bee-eater in Sri Lanka’s dry zone.




Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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