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 “trrrrp-trrrrp”, mainly in flight. Bee-eaters are abundant in open, lightly timbered areas throughout Australia, migrating north outside of the breeding season.