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Rainbow Bee-eater

The Birin-birin are often seen in pairs, whirling and swooping in the air to catch insects on the wing.

Bushland Birds Bushland Dampland Frog Ponds Heathland Wetland

Noongar Names: Birin-birin

Scientific Name: Merops ornatus

Conservation Status: Least concern

Threats: Habitat loss, cat predation, dog disturbance

Will they visit?: Rainbow Bee-eaters are summer visitors to home gardens located near parks, wetlands, and reserves

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Branches of tall trees and shrubs, nest are underground

Diet: Flying insects

Water: Bird baths and frog ponds

ReWild Benefit: Pest control

ReWild Benefits

Rainbow Bee-eaters to control pest species within the ecosystem. Visit BirdLife Australia to learn more about our native birds. If you have seen one in your neighbourhood or around the home you can record your sighting on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population.

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