The Rainbow Bee-eater

Thanks to Chris Steeles, local bird watcher and twitcher extraordinaire, this month’s feature bird is the Rainbow Bee-eater.

Moving down in flocks toward the end of October each year, Rainbow Bee-eaters spend the summer months in the warmer climates of southern Australia.

The Adelaide Plains is a popular area for these spectacularly coloured birds over the summer.

Usually settling down in pairs along creeks, and anywhere there are sandy banks where they can excavate a nesting tunnel, they get straight into producing the year’s young.

Bees, wasps and butterflies are their favourite food that they catch on the wing, before returning to a perch and bashing the insect against it to remove the sting, before swallowing it whole! (It’s a bit like I’m a celebrity get me out of here!)

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