Rainbow Bee Eater – amazing acrobatic hunter that is born underground

Rainbow Bee Eater

Rainbow Bee Eater eats bees, but also wasps, beetles, butterflies, and other small insects are on their diet. It is the only bee eater in Australia.

They can be quite similar to kingfishers, but these are plumpers with a strong beak and they never catch pray in the fly.

They catch flying insects on the wing and carry them to the perch. What is interesting about the rainbow bee eater is they remove the stings and squeeze out the venom by rubbing against the perch before eating venomous bees and wasps. 

Rainbow Bee Eaters are most often found in open forests, woodlands, and often near rivers. They look spectacular with its green, blue and yellow colors. Especially in the late afternoon they are beautiful when golden sunlight makes them glow. 

Rainbow bee eater breed underground. Normally they dig an average 90 cm tunnel in a sandy riverbank that leads to a nest. Both parents incubate the eggs and also they feed them together.

Have a look at sandy riverbanks and maybe you will spot one of these colourful birds.

Where spotted: Pine Creek, Kakadu National Park

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