A pair of these migratory birds arrived today searching for a suitable nesting site. Rainbow Bee-eater require a loamy soil, soft enough for nest tunneling.Arguably one of the most attractive birds in Australia with orange underwings, azure blues and yellow-green body. Image is of a female with two short thick tail streamers, the male tail streamers are much longer.
Reference; Morcombe, M . Field Guide to Australian Birds. P, 210.
“Hunts from exposed perches; dives to ground to take prey; quite conspicuous in breeding season”. A pair nested near the top dam this spring and could be heard clearly with a piercing “kik-kik-kik-kikkikkik”. They were bold enough to pounce on my swatted March Flies.
Reference; Morcombe, M. Field Guide to Australian Birds.