SE Africa, from Ethiopia to Angola down to S. Africa
Mainly insectivore. Arthropods and small vertebrates (grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, butterflies, moths, caterpillars, ants, scorpions, centipedes, spiders, snails, frogs, lizards, small birds).
Habitat: Acacia woodland, grassland, cultivated land.
Incubation: 22-24 days / 2-4 eggs
Social structure: Alone or in pairs.
Lifespan: 13 under human care
Estimated population in the wild: Common or frequent
Threats: There are no major threats to this species
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Did you know that:
- They are frequently seen close to bush fires, foraging fleeing insects.
- Rollers get their name from their flight display, where the females and males chase each other, “rolling” through the sky.