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Information for Rainbow bee-eater - Merops ornatus

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Rainbow bee-eater
Merops ornatus

An aptly named and striking bird commonly seen around the Daintree Region

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Rainbow bee-eater - Perched, and watching for insects - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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You will often find these birds perched watching for insects, and then launching into an acrobatic performance and returning to their perch to devour their prize. When hunting bees, they will use the perch to wipe the stinger off before eating.