508 Rainbow Bee Eater

The Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) is 19-24 cm long brightly colored bird. Its head crown, breast, stomach, and throat are pale yellowish; back and wings are green; and tail is black to deep violet. It is mostly found in southern Australia, but known to migrate to New Guinea and Indonesia during winter. And now, found all the way at Vadnagar, Gujarat, India! It is believed that the Rainbow Bee-eaters mate for life. While the female digs a narrow burrow in the ground to lay 3 to 7 glossy white eggs, the male brings insects to feed her. When the eggs hatch, both the parents feed the young bee-eaters.