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  Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)





Rainbow Bee-eater | Merops ornatus photo
Rainbow Bee-eater at Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

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Rainbow Bee-eater | Merops ornatus photo
Rainbow Bee-eater perching on a drinking fountain at Centenary Lakes, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

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Rainbow Bee-eater | Merops ornatus photo
Merops ornatus in flight

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RAINBOW BEE-EATER FACTS

Description
The Rainbow Bee-eater is a brightly coloured bird with long curved bill and long tail streamers. Head is golden with black eye stripe and body is mostly green and blue. The bee-eater is a fast flier that flits around after insects.

Size
25cm to tip of tail

Habitat
open forests, woodlands and shrublands

Food
catches insects on the wing, mainly bees and wasps, also dragonflies, beetles, butterflies and moths

Breeding
Nests in sandy bank with long tunnel leading to a nesting chamber lined with grasses. Lays 4-8 eggs.

Range
mainland Australia, as well as eastern Indonesia, New Guinea



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Meropidae
Genus:Merops
Species:ornatus
Common Name:Rainbow Bee-eater