(syn. Merops Ϯ Rainbow Bee-eater M. ornatus) Gr. κοσμος kosmos  ornament, finery; αεροψ aerops  bee-eater; "Gen. COSMAËROPS *) nov. gen. - Schmuck-Spint.   401.1. C. ornatus Nob.   Merops ornatus Lath. Ind. Orn. Suppl. p. 30.   ...  *) Von κοσμος (Schmuck) und αεροψ = μεροψ (Spint)" (Cabanis & Heine 1860).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 December 2018).