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rainbow bee eater


rainbow bee eater


These birds are widespread and common in open country over much of Australia where they nest in burrows dug into sandy soil. You can tell the males apart from the females because the males have distinctive long central tail feathers. They are an insectivorous bird and feed in flight.

Besides having a long downward-curving bill, long pointed wings and tail they also have a very bright plumage. Their main predators are snakes and lizards. They favour gullies as nesting places, digging small tunnels to lay their eggs into the gravely soil walls. Scientific name for the rainbow bee-eater is: Merops ornatus.


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