June 6, 2015 – Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These bee-eaters are found in most of Australia, eastern Indonesia, New Guinea, and sometimes the Solomon Islands. They catch insects such as bees, wasps, dragonflies, and moths in the air, striking them against a perch before swallowing them. Nesting in sandy banks, they dig a tunnel and nest chamber, often lining it with grasses or feathers. Males and females care for the eggs and chicks together, sometimes assisted by other adults. They often breed in colonies and migrate in large flocks.

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