to Gallery of Private Collections
8" x 10"
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.