No endemic species in Australia. These birds are brightly coloured with long wings and a long central tail feather. The slender, slightly decurved beak is employed in aerial feeding. The single Australian species, the Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus, nests in an earthen burrow, and migrates to southern Australia from the north.

Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus This brilliantly coloured bird is unmistakable in both plumage and voice. Both sexes have beautiful blue-green body plumage, a rufous crown, a yellow throat, and conspicuous black lines through the eyes and on the two central tail feathers extend beyond the rest of the tail; these are longer on the male. In flight the wings are bright rufous-orange below. The call is a high-pitched...