Rainbow Bee-eater

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 30 July 2009
Scientific Name
Merops ornatus
  • Coraciiformes
  • Meropidae
  • Merops
  • M. ornatus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7 to 8 inches

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 彩虹蜂虎
Czech (Cesky) Vlha Ozdobná
Danish (Dansk) Regnbuebiæder
Dutch (Nederlands) Australische Bijeneter
Finnish (Suomi) Australianmehiläissyöjä
French (Français) Guêpier arc-en-ciel
German (Deutsch) Regenbogenspint
Italian (Italiano) Gruccione Ornato Australiano
Japanese (日本語) ハチクイ (Hachikui)
Norwegian (Norsk) Regnbuebieter
Polish (Polski) Zolna Teczowa
Russian (русский язык) Радужная щурка
Spanish (Español) Abejaruco Australiano
Swedish (Svenska) Regnbågsbiätare
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