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 Paradise Bee-Eater (2000)

Acrylic on illustration board
8" x 10"
 The bee-eaters comprise a family of twenty-four species of splendid birds closely related to the kingfishers and rollers. Restricted to the Old World, they are represented in nearly every part of that region. The rainbow bee-eater (Merops ornatus) is the only species native to Australia, where it ranges in savannah and light woods throughout most of the island and spends the austral winter mainly on New Guinea and Eastern Indonesia. In the manner typical of bee-eaters, this species feeds mostly on bees and wasps captured in flight. Aslo pictured is a red-necked pademelon (Thylogale thetis), a smallish kangaroo.