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About the Rainbow Bee-eater

The Rainbow Bee-eater is a beautifully colored bird in a colorful family. This species is the only bee-eater found in Australia. They are commonly found in southern Australia and Tasmania. During winter, they migrate north to northern parts of Australia as well as New Guinea and some southern islands of Indonesia.

Rainbow Bee-eaters are very social birds. Outside of breeding season, they roost together in large groups.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 30 July 2009
Scientific Name Merops ornatus
  • Coraciiformes
  • Meropidae
  • Merops
  • M. ornatus
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7 to 8 inches
Range Southeast Asia Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 彩虹蜂虎 (Chinese)
  • Vlha Ozdobná (Czech)
  • Regnbuebiæder (Danish)
  • Australische Bijeneter (Dutch)
  • Australianmehiläissyöjä (Finnish)
  • Guêpier arc-en-ciel (French)
  • Regenbogenspint (German)
  • Gruccione Ornato Australiano (Italian)
  • ハチクイ (Hachikui) (Japanese)
  • Regnbuebieter (Norwegian)
  • Zolna Teczowa (Polish)
  • Радужная щурка (Russian)
  • Abejaruco Australiano (Spanish)
  • Regnbågsbiätare (Swedish)

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