Rainbow Bee-eater

 

The Rainbow Bee-eater is 23-28cm including tail, it is a very beautiful colourful bird that capture all its food in flight. It is a communal bird and roost together at night.

They build their nest in a tunnel made in sandy soil where 4-5 white eggs are laid. Both male and female incubate the eggs and as many as 7-8 adult birds may help raise the chicks.

True to name they eat wasps, bees, dragonflies, damsel flies, beetles and other insects.They take their meal back to a perch and batter it to get rid of the stingers before eating.

 

Images by Alex Wilson.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

©Wildlife Mountain 2000 - 2017

 

We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.