Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

The following is a photograph of an adult Rainbow Bee-eater banded at Broome in September 1992.

The following is a photograph of an adult Rainbow Bee-eater at Kununurra in August 1997.

Rainbow Bee-eaters are always a highlight to see.  You nearly always hear them before you see them.  They are migratory in the south returning in the first or second week of October and leaving in February.  In the north they are resident, but there are large numbers that migrate through.  I have seen a flock of 100+ at the Argyle Diamond Mine village in early March which are gone the next morning.

They are commonly seen nesting around Perth in early summer.  They dig a hole about a metre or so long, but remove the sand so that it is hard to locate.  The hole can be in a bank, or often just in lawn on the ground.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 19th June 2003