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Paul Ross News :: Birds - Rainbow Bee-eater.

Posted: 4/25/2010 2:01:42 PM   Page Views 1380   Comments 0

I have just added a new Lightbox featuring this colorful little bird (Merops ornatus), which is also known as the rainbow bird. The wings are harlequin above and golden beneath, in flight, with a multi colored iridescent head and body. They soar through the air rather quickly, catching flying insects and the occassional bee. They usually fly and perch together in a family flock. I often hear their medium to high pitched purrr as they approach, well before I see them.

   

 

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