One of Kakadu’s most striking birds, the rainbow bee-eater can be found all over the park.
What it looks like
The rainbow bee-eater is a riot of colour. It has a golden crown, orange-yellow throat, green breast, blue abdomen and a tail finished with colourful streamers. It grows to a size of around 23 cm.
Where to see it
As its name suggests, the rainbow bee-eater has a real taste for bees. However, it actually eats a variety of flying insects, consuming several thousand per day.
It hunts from a perch, swooping out to catch insects mid-flight before bringing them back to the perch and knocking them against it.
- Scientific name: Merops ornatus
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