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Obviously I am new at Bee Keeping and wonder if there are any types of birds that give bees a hard time?? Would appreciate any feedback from those who are familiar with this issue if it is one. Thanks.
 

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nope birds will eat some of your bees just darwin at work don't worry to much.
 

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True: birds will eat bees, especially "divers" like martins, mockingbirds, etc. But they aren't likely to do enough damage to matter (cf. honeydream's "...just darwin at work"). I worried a lot about this issue last year when I saw martins swooping the hives in the evenings, but at the end of the season, there were plenty of bees to overwinter successfully.
 

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Around here king birds, flycatchers, and swallows all pick off a few bees, but it doesn't appear to be a problem.

In most of the rest of the world (not North America), there are bee eaters that can do some harm. One bee eater can catch several hundred bees a day when they have little ones in the nest.
 

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AmericasBeekeeper:I wish we could find or train Small Hive Beetle eating birds.
My chickens and I heard from someone else, say their Guineas. My chickens, a heritage breed called a "Buckeye," hunt and stalk mice much like a cat as well, a well known trait of the breed.
 
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