French: Guêpier arc-en-ciel German: Regenbogenspint Spanish: Abejaruco australiano
New South Wales, Australia
Breeds in Australia, including Rottnest I (SW Western Australia) and SW islands in Torres Strait, and in E 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.
19–21 cm (with streamers, up to 7 cm more); 20–33 g. Distinctive: male mainly green, very glossy, with burnished crown and nape, rufous primaries with green outer... read more
Most common call is a repeated rolling “prrrrp” or “prrreee”, similar to M. apiaster but... read more
Sandy pasture, arable land, lightly wooded savanna, wooded environs of creeks and lakes, parks,... read more
Food and feeding
Hymenoptera greatly preponderate in pellet samples; also eats beetles, bugs, flies, moths, butterflies, orthopterans, dragonflies and... read more
Lays Sept in Papua New Guinea; in Aug–Nov and Jan–Mar in W Queensland, and mid-Nov to mid-Dec in S Australia. Breeds in loose... read more
Large numbers spend the austral winter in N Queensland and a few in SW Queensland, but main... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread in E New Guinea and Australia except in deserts and heavily forested regions, and is seasonally common and locally... read more
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