It’s looking like the Rainbow Bee-eaters may be about to fledge – yesterday evening there were at seemed to be least three individuals going in and out of the nest tunnel, with up to four individuals around the nest on one occasion. The frequency of visits was the highest I’ve witnessed, with at least 100 visits during an hour’s observing. Rainbow Bee-eaters are known to be breed cooperatively, with often one and up to six helpers at individual nests. All of the birds seen last night were adults and I’m wondering if the youngsters are even possibly being fed by other adults nearby that I’d assumed had a separate nest. Whatever the case, there were some spectacular sights on offer last night.
Stay tuned for a more detailed post on cooperative breeding in Rainbow Bee-eaters.