Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Bee-eaters :: Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus

Described by: Latham (1801)
Alternate common name(s): Australian Bee-eater, Rainbowbird
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Lake Kurwongbah, Queensland, Australia - Aug, 2002 © Tom Tarrant  Bendigo, Victoria, Australia - 1971 © Hans&Judy Beste  Bendigo, Victoria, Australia - 1971 © Hans&Judy Beste  Australia - Aug, 2000 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi  Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, Australia - Jun 23, 2002 © James Ownby 
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E. New Guinea. Australia;
Fragmented distribution;
E. New Guinea (Sepik-Ramu River and Port Moresby areas), n. to se. and w. Australia (sw. and cw. Western Australia, n. and sc. Northern Territory, nc. and se. South Australia, Australian Capital Territory (Uriarra Crossing on the Murrumbidgee River) Victoria, New South Wales and e. Queensland to Cape Melville).
Disperses to the Lesser Sundas (Moa Is.), Sulawesi, Moluccas and Solomon Is. Sw. Sumatra(?) and Java(?).


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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