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Alternate name
Merops ornatus Scientific name 
Coraciiformes Order
Meropidae Family   
23 - 28cm Length
Tropical lowland forest & savanna in:- [Austrailia:- Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, VictoriaWestern Austrailia] [Indonesia:- Bali, Flor?, (Lesser Sunda:- Lombok) (Mollucas:- Buru, Halmahera) New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Sumba, Sumbawa, Island of Timor, Vanuatu, Waigeo] Japan, [Melanesia:- Papua New Guinea:- Ashmore Reef and Cartier IslandBismark, New Caledonia D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago, Louisiades, Milne Bay Islands, New Britain, Solomons archipelago & Trobriand Islands]  [ Micronesia:-  Palau] Habitat-Altitude-Range
Flying insects which it hawks from a perch. wasps, bees and hornets form a large part of their diet. Food   Diet
1177 World Number

Least Concern


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 Rainbow Bee-eater flight calls of a group of 15 (Merops ornatus)
Niels Krabbe XC24811
29-12-2006, Papua New Guinea

view photos Image November 21, 2005 by pierre pouliquin  all rights reserved

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Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) by aviceda. Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) by aviceda.

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Birding Southern Queensland

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