Bee-Eater

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. [1] It’s thanks to him we have fire today. The Rainbow Bird may be a reminder that courage and tenacity can win the day.

[1]              Isaacs, Jennifer (ed.) “Australian Dreaming.”

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