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Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus

Description:

Brilliantly coloured bird to 20cms. Highly manouvrable in flight. Their call is a high pitched chitter. They tend to come back to rest in the same spot, and they were always on the look out for danger. Their two central tail feathers are elongated and are longer on a male than a female.

Habitat:

Resting on tall dead tree (for the perfect viewing platform) beside estuary at Palm Cove QLD

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5 Comments

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Cheers Alex!

Alex Pope
Alex Pope 8 years ago

Great photo Andrea!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Thank you Maria and Shanna. The Bee-eaters are one of my favourites. Beautiful plumage and call, and very cute!

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

I have never seen a Rainbow Bee-eater. I know they live around here, but I have just not been in the right place at the right time!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Great spotting - bee-eaters are so beautiful!

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 31, 2013
Submitted on Mar 31, 2013

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