Lilac Breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) - African Wildlife and Nature Photographs

Lilac Breasted Roller

Family: Coraciidae

Genus: Coracias

South and Southern Africa are full of brightly coloured birds and this species of African Roller the Lilac breasted Roller is no exception. The only Roller with a lilac throat and breast and a blue stomach this medium sized bird is about 36 cm (14in) long from tip of beak to end of the tail and usually found on its own or occasionally in pairs, its distribution is all of Sub-Saharan Africa and East into the Arabian peninsula.

The Lilac breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) is found in wooded habitats, where it can be seen perched high up on the branches to enable it to have a good vantage points to be able to see it’s prey moving around at ground level. This prey would include insects, frogs, lizards and perhaps small rodents. The Lilac breasted Roller is also often spotted on tree’s beside roads where it will pick up the inevitable road killed ‘bug’ of feast on something larger perhaps.

The nest sites of the Lilac breasted Roller are usually found in holes in trees, with 2-4 eggs incubated by both the male and the female. Both the male and the female are extremely defensive of their nest and will attack most things in its defence.

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