The bee-eater, also known as a Rainbow Bird, is a delightful beautiful native bird that swoops the sky and grasses for flying insects. A Rainbow of colour – exquisite gemmy tones – these birds are a delight to watch when you are fortunate enough to visit their territory. One Dreaming attributes their long tail feather to being a spear used in a battle. In another, the Rainbow Bird steals fire from selfish crocodile who keeps it to himself, and so Bee-Eater keeps the firestick eternally in his tail.  It’s thanks to him we have fire today. The Rainbow Bird may be a reminder that courage and tenacity can win the day.
 Isaacs, Jennifer (ed.) “Australian Dreaming.”