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Breeding biology of rainbow bee-eaters ( Merops ornatus ): a migratory, colonial, cooperative bird

Boland, C


The breeding biology of Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus) was studied between 1997 and 2001 in southeast Queensland, Australia. Rainbow Bee-eaters are unusual in that they combine migration and coloniality with cooperative breeding. Birds migrate from islands north of Australia to build nests either solitarily or in colonies containing ≤50 active nests that are attended by socially monogamous pairs or trios (45% of nests). Nesting was essentially forsaken during very dry seasons, whereas...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Auk


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