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Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus


The only Bee-eater species in Australia, these stunning little birds have a "long slim curved bill and a long tail with distinctive tail-streamers. It has a golden crown and a red eye set in a wide black stripe from the base of the bill to the ears, which is edged with a thin blue line. The throat is orange-yellow, with a broad black band separating it from a green breast. The upperparts are green, with the flight feathers coppery and black tipped. The underwings are bright orange, with a black edge. The lower abdomen is blue. The tail is black, including the long tail streamers, with a blue tinge." (Birdlife Australia: )


Happily sitting on the branch of a small Boab Tree (Adansonia gregorii) at the waste water wetlands.


My favourite part of watching these birds is when they display they aerial abilities while catching prey, then watching them beat their food before swallowing it down. Interesting reading in Wikipedia: Roe 8 Controversy Opponents of the Roe 8 project in Perth, Western Australia, claimed that the rainbow bee-eater migrates to the Beeliar Wetlands, which is in the pathway of the Roe Highway extension.[12] Following the 11 March 2017 election, the incoming Labor Government suspended this project and reclamation work by volunteers has begun.[13] 5 Amazing Facts about Rainbow Bee-eaters:

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armadeus.4 a year ago

Thanks Mark! Hmmm...maybe it got too cold :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Nice one. We're supposed to get these down south but I've never seen it.

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Derby, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jul 14, 2018
Submitted on Jul 12, 2020

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