Bee-eaters (Meropidae)

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) - HBW 6, p. 338

French: Guêpier arc-en-ciel German: Regenbogenspint Spanish: Abejaruco Australiano
Other common names: Rainbowbird, Australian Bee-eater

Taxonomy: Merops ornatus Latham, 1801, New South Wales.
Taxonomically isolated, but thought to be distantly derivative of the superspecies that comprises M. persicus, M. superciliosus and M. philippinus. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds in Australia, including Rottnest I and SW islands in Torres Strait, and in E Papua New Guinea (at least Port Moresby area and Ramu Valley); possibly also in E Lesser Sundas. S populations winter in N of breeding range, mainly in and around New Guinea; also W throughout Wallacea.